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The first three months of the year 2002 were the warmest ever recorded

Published: Friday 31 May 2002

The first three months of the year 2002 were globally the warmest months ever recorded, say scientists. During these months, temperatures across the world were 0.71 C above the 1961-1990 average. "These three months were the warmest January, February and March since records began in 1860. Proxy records, for instance from tree rings, suggest they are in fact the warmest for a thousand years," said Geoff Jenkins of the uk government's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research. Scientists say it is significant that the record was broken in the absence of any warming influence from El Nio, which are associated with increases in global temperatures. Till now, February, March and April of 1998 were considered the warmest consecutive three months ever recorded.

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