Climate scientists say last month was the hottest January ever.
The London Daily Express reports the scientists base their claim on global satellite data.
"Last November was the hottest November we've ever seen. November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen," said Professor Neville Nicholls of Monash University in Melborne, Austrailia, a veteran climatologist who was speaking at an online climate change briefing Thursday. "It's not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven't warmed in the past 50 years."
The announcement of the climate data comes despite the massive snowstorms and cold temperatures that have hit the U.S. and other parts of the world. The United Kingdom is currently going through the coldest winter it has seen in the last 30 years.
However, U.K. forecaster Jonathan Powell, of Positive Weather Solutions disagrees with the research and the climate change claims made by the World Meteorological Organization.
"If it is the case and it is borne out that January was the hottest on record, it is still no marker towards climate change," he told the newspaper. "It's all part of a cyclical issue and nothing should be read too deeply into that. It's been the coldest for 30 years in Britain but we predicted that and climate change always tends t o throw up anomalies. It's all in line with predictions and I won't be sold on climate change at all. The data is either faulty or manufactured to make it look like it shouldn't."
Meanwhile, the United Nations says it will create an independent board of scientists to review the work of its climate panel.
The U.N. commission has been strongly criticized for sloppy work in recent months. It was revealed that some predictions like vanishing glaciers within 25 years, were wrong.