2016 'very likely' to be hottest year on record: UN

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Marrakech (Morocco) (AFP)

The year 2016 will "very likely" be the hottest on record, the UN said Monday.

Temperatures for the year were set to reach about 1.2 C (2.16 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels -- meaning that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record were this century, said the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO).