The last five years were the hottest on record, and the United Nations weather agency says human induced climate change contributed to the extreme weather conditions.
In a report released in Marakech, Morocco on the side-lines of a United Nations Conference on Climate Change, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says the high temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels, heat waves, floods and prolonged droughts.
Among the extremes that the report points out is the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa region in which at least 250 000 people were killed and the ongoing drought in the Southern African region.
Sarah Kimani spoke to Elena Manaenkova, the WMO Deputy Secretary General.
Sarah Kimani reported from Morocco on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project (IRP).