World Temperature Second Highest on Record

Global temperature in 2001 rose a fraction of a degree Fahrenheit to 57.2 F.

Published: 18-Dec-2001

> GENEVA (Reuters) - This year has been the second warmest on record and the trend toward higher mean global temperatures looks set to continue, World Meteorological Organization officials said Tuesday.

Compared with the 1961-1990 average used as the basis for comparison, officials said the global temperature in 2001 rose a fraction of a degree Fahrenheit to 57.2 F.

It is the 23rd year in succession that temperatures have been above the 1961-1990 mean.

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