January 2016 has continued a trend of rapid global warming, setting the record for the hottest first month of the year in the history books.
A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe brought blackouts to France, but meant a range of ice creams for the continent's zoo animals.
More than 1 100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures nearing 50°C in some areas.
Australian fire crews have been battling hundreds of wildfires and powerful, hot outback winds forcing hundreds to be evacuated out of their homes.
Southeastern Australia faced chaos on Friday, as a heatwave fanned fires that destroyed homes, claimed lives and strained services.