Hot Years – level 3

26-06-2020 15:00

Every single month of 2020 has been either the hottest or the second hottest on record for that month. Therefore, there is nearly 50% chance that 2020 will be the hottest year on record.

Some of the most significant warming has been in Northern Asia, which averaged 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the average so far. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects the higher-than-usual heat trend to continue through summer.

It is certain that 2020 will rank in the top 5 hottest years in history, and it is a part of an alarming trend of broken heat records. 2019 was the second hottest year since 1880, and the hottest year on record was 2016.

Difficult words: significant (important or noticeable), rank (to have a position within a grading system), alarming (worrying).

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