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70% of the Earth's surface is made up of oceans. Heat absorbed by water takes time to be released into the air. It takes a few months for ocean heat records to translate to heat records in the atmosphere. Therefore we can predict what is going to happen in the next few months. It looks like global air temperature side going to keep increasing fast for more than one year. Of course it could be much longer as predictions based on ocean temperatures don't tell us what's going to happen in 2 years or more. The graph below shows the global sea surface temperature (SST).