IT will go down as the hottest decade on record.
With temperatures soaring, both on land and sea, global warming has become a major issue for the world.
With temperatures about 1.1C above the average from 2010 to 2019, desertification has been spreading, in particular, through southern Spain.
The provinces of Granada, Malaga and Almeria are in serious risk, while Murcia and large parts of Valencia are also at risk of semi-desert conditions.
The ‘exceptional’ heat around the world was announced by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as climate activist Greta Thunberg (pictured) arrived in Portugal by boat en route for a key climate summit in Madrid this week.
She is set to stay in the capital for two weeks, taking part in a huge demonstration this Friday.
Temperature rises are close to the 1.5C warming that scientists insist will cause extreme weather and the loss of vital ecosystems in many places.
Other impacts include severe droughts, heatwaves and floods across all continents, and over the seas there have also been heatwaves.
The findings by the WMO show that this year will be the second or third warmest since records began.
The Arctic sea ice minimum in September was the third smallest on record.