So what does this mean for global temperatures?

The global climate is changing, with the Earth on a warming trajectory mainly caused by greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. Most of the warming has occurred over the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years in the 136-year record all occurring since 2001. The year 2016 ranks as the warmest on record, with warming levels of 1.3°C relative to the 1880 to 1920 mean. Current symptoms of this level of temperature increase include profound glacial retreat around the globe, extensive loss of coral reef ecosystems and a rising number of extreme weather-related events.