writes that there is an 80% chance that the 1.5 degrees limit will be surpassed over the coming five years and there is also another 86% chance that over the next half-decade, the record-breaking temperatures of 2023 will also be surpassed.

WMO Deputy Secretary-General Ko Barrett said that "we must urgently do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions, or we will pay an increasingly heavy price in terms of trillions of dollars in economic costs, millions of lives affected by more extreme weather and extensive damage to the environment and biodiversity."

WMO experts say that although a temporary breach of the limit would be bad for the short-term, long-term climate goals are still within reach.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that "the good news is that we have control of the wheel. The battle to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees will be won or lost in the 2020s – under the watch of leaders today."

He also urged the world's top global economies belonging to the Group of 20 countries (G20) to take the lead in climate transformation, starting next month at a summit in Brazil. "We cannot accept a future where the rich are protected in air-conditioned bubbles, while the rest of humanity is lashed by lethal weather in unlivable lands,” Guterres added.

To keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius target in focus, we must reduce our carbon footprint by 9% every year until 2030.