A woman sunbathes at a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. Spain's weather agency says it experienced abnormally high temperatures for this time of year.

Video. Past 12 months exceeded critical 1.5°C threshold for first time

The global average temperature in January 2024 was 1.6°C above pre-industrial levels for the month, meaning the planet has breached the 1.5°C benchmark for the past 12 months.