2015 was the hottest year in recorded history. By far.

For some, warmer temps offered a welcome chance to bask in the sun. 

beach sunbatheHannibal Hanschke/REUTERSPeople swim and sunbathe on a hot sunny summer day at the beach of Wannsee near Berlin, Germany, July 4, 2015.

But the weather weirding also brought devastation in human lives and livehoods through droughts, fires, and deadly heat waves across the globe.  

In 2015 the surface temperature of the Earth was about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average global temperature of the entire 20th century.

Here are moments captured by Reuters photographers throughout the year, revealing how people all around the world coped with the changing climate. 

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