2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said today.

Even if the cyclical weather events — which bump up global temperatures every three to seven years— are included, this year will still be one of the three warmest ever, the WMO said as it issued its annual State of the Global Climate report at talks in Bonn, Germany.

Average temperatures from 2013 through 2017 are also likely to be the highest since accurate measuring began more than a century ago, constituting strong evidence of a long-term trend.

Some 30 per cent of the world’s population now experience “extreme hot temperatures” for at least several days each year, the UN agency said, according to a report by AFP News Agency.

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