2011-2015 was the warmest five-year period on record* globally and for all continents apart from Africa (second warmest), according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation.
Temperatures for the period were 0.57 °C (1.03 °F) above the average for the standard 1961–1990 reference period.
The warmest year on record to date was 2015, during which temperatures were 0.76 °C (1.37 °F) above the 1961–1990 average, followed by 2014.
The year 2015 was also the first year in which global temperatures were more than 1 °C above the pre-industrial era.
* 1880 was the starting year for full global temperature records.