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    May 17, 2016

    Record-hot weather in April in S'pore


    SINGAPORE, like almost the entire tropical zone, last month experienced the hottest April on record, according to the latest climate data from the United States' National Aeronautic and Space Administration (Nasa).

    Its tracking shows April's temperature in the South-east Asia region to be warmer than the 1951-to-1980 global average for that month by at least 1 deg C.

    Last month's temperature rise hit almost the whole world and was the seventh in a row since October to have broken the global record in exceeding the 1951-80 baseline by 1 deg C, Nasa's compilation indicates.

    April's record was 1.11 deg C above the baseline for the month while February's 1.33 deg C was the highest.

    The last April record was set in 2010 when temperature rose 0.87 deg C above the baseline.

    When the string of these record-smashing months stretched into February, scientists have begun talking about a "climate emergency", Britain's The Guardian newspaper pointed out.

    The current blast of hot air around the globe is being spurred by a massive El Nino event - the release of warm water across the Pacific Ocean because of atmospheric pressure.

    But it is not the biggest El Nino on record, and the all-time highs in temperatures have their roots in global warming.

    Andy Pitman, a climate expert from Australia's University of New South Wales, said the recent figures put the recent goal agreed in Paris of just 1.5 deg C warming in doubt.

    Singapore's temperature hovered between 33 deg C and 35 deg C on most days in April.