writes that the month average for May was 1.52 degrees Celsius higher than the average between 1850 and 1900, as per experts at the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

This also marks the 12th consecutive hottest month ever recorded, as air temperature was 0.65 degrees Celsius warmer than the average from 1991 to 2020.

Carlo Buontempo, director of Copernicus Climate Service (C3S), said that "it is shocking but not surprising that we have reached this 12-month streak. While this sequence of record-breaking months will eventually be interrupted, the overall signature of climate change remains and there is no sign in sight of a change in such a trend."

Experts at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that the temperature of oceans surrounding Europe also experiences the highest temperatures so far. While the El Nino and La Nina weather events played their part in warming the planet, human-induced climate change is still believed to be the main factor for the extreme temperatures.

From June, the La Nina weather event should bring some relief, as the temperatures of the oceans will start to drop, changing wind patterns, air pressure and rainfall levels.

WMO Deputy Secretary-General Ko Barrett said that "the end of El Nino does not mean a pause in long-term climate change as our planet will continue to warm due to heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Exceptionally high sea surface temperatures will continue to play an important role during the next months."

“Our weather will continue to be more extreme because of the extra heat and moisture in our atmosphere", she added.