Noting that the decade 2000-2009 was warmest-ever recorded, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that 2009 was the fifth-warmest year since climate records began in 1850.

In a report on its 60th anniversary, the UN weather agency said the nineties were warmer than the eighties.

The report showed that the decade 2000-2009 was warmest ever recorded.

The World Meteorological Day was celebrated yesterday to commemorate the entry into force of the WMO Convention that led to creation of the Organisation in 1950.

“As we celebrate today the 60th anniversary of the World meteorological Organisation, I would like to pay tribute to the meteorological community worldwide working together continuously beyond all borders to save and protect people, their homes and their livelihoods,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarrud.