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Bonn, Nov 6, 2017 (AFP) - 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, the UN's World Meteorological Organization said Monday. Even if the cyclical weather events -- which bump up global temperatures every three to seven years -- are included, this year will still be one of the three warmest ever, the WMO said as it issued its annual State of the Global Climate report at talks in Bonn. Average temperatures from 2013 through 2017 are also likely to be the highest since accurate measuring began more than a century ago, constituting strong evidence of a long-term trend. Some 30 percent of the world's population now experience "extreme hot temperatures" for at least several days each year, the UN agency said. Meanwhile the number of vulnerable people exposed to potentially lethal heatwaves has increased by 125 million just since 2000. "The past three years have all been in the top three years in terms of temperature records," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. So far 2017 has also seen record-breaking hurricanes in the Caribbean and Atlantic, with one reaching as far as Ireland; deadly monsoon flooding in the Indian sub-continent; and a quarter of a million people in Somalia driven from their homes due to persistent drought, the WMO found.
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