It is no surprise that 2019 was the second-hottest year ever recorded, and this trend will continue from now on, according to a Turkish scientist.

“There has been a rising temperature chart for a very long time […] In this regard, 2019 was no surprise, and every year after that will be hotter than the previous year,” Levent Kurnaz, a professor at the Center for Climate Change and Policy Studies at Istanbul-based Bogazici University, told Anadolu Agency.

Kurnaz said 2020 will be warmer than 2019 barring special circumstances or will at least be as hot as 2019.

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