2019 was second hottest year ever, with more extreme weather on the way as expert warns to ‘raise the red flag’

Last year was the second hottest year since records began, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Wednesday, adding that heat was likely to lead to more extreme weather events like the Australian bush fires in 2020 and beyond.The figures from the Geneva-based WMO crunches several data sets, including ones from Nasa and the UK Met Office.It showed that the average global temperature in 2019 was 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.98 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, creeping…