Claim: ABC Australia: 2016 'hottest on record by a wide margin' in new sign of 'global warming'
But UK Met Office's HadCRUT4 dataset shows: Difference in 2015 & 2016 is exactly 0.01 deg difference, 1/100th of a degree warmer in 2016!
'Temperature for 2016 was very close to the year before' - Peter Stott is Acting Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre. He said: “In the HadCRUT4 dataset the temperature for last year was very close to the year before, temperatures for 2016 exceeding those for 2015 by a small margin." “A particularly strong El Niño event contributed about 0.2C to the annual average for 2016, which was about 1.1C above the long term average from 1850 to 1900." Scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit produce the HadCRUT4 dataset, which is used to estimate global temperature. The global temperature series shows that 2016 was 0.77±0.1 °C above the long-term (1961-1990) average, nominally a record since at least 1850.
The story of the 'hottest year ever' in one small table: