China has warmest year on record in 2015

Updated: 2016-01-13 10:06


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China has warmest year on record in 2015

A kid has some splashing fun in a Shanghai fountain, June 12, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

BEIJING -- China had the warmest year on record in 2015, partly due to a powerful El Nino, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said Tuesday.

China's average temperature was 10.5 degrees Celsius, 0.95 degree higher than the average historical level since the country started to keep records in 1951, according to a CMA report.

All of the country's 31 provincial-level regions had a warmer-than-average year in 2015, and 10 of them saw the warmest year on record.

Affected by a strong El Nino, 2015 was also the warmest year globally in the last 135 years, according to Chao Qingchen, vice director of the National Climate Center.

China received an average of 648.8 millimeters of rainfall last year, up 3 percent from the historical level.

"Generally speaking, China's climate was normal in 2015 without severe floods or droughts," said Chao, adding that light, temperature and water were favorable to grain production.