November 6, 2017 / 10:52 AM / 16 days ago

2017 will be among three hottest years on record: U.N.

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - This year is set to be among the three warmest since records began in the 19th century, the head of the U.N.’s weather agency said at the start of a 200-nation conference on slowing climate change in Bonn, Germany.

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises during drought, high temperatures and low humidity in Brasilia, Brazil, August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, said that 2017 would be slightly cooler than a record 2016.

“2017 is going to be among the three warmest years on record,” he said in a speech to delegates. That would put it roughly level with average surface temperatures in 2015.

Reporting by Alister Doyle; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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