First half of this year saw near-record warmth for the globe.
Earth’s persistent warming trend last month vaulted June 2020 to the third-hottest June on record — a tie with 2015.
Warm temperatures from January-through-June pushed the year to date to second highest in the 141-year climate record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Here’s a closer look into NOAA’s latest monthly global climate report:
Climate by the numbers: June 2020
The average global temperature in June was 1.66 degrees F (0.92 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees F (15.5 degrees C), tying with 2015 as the third-highest June temperature in the 141-year record. Only June 2016 and June 2019 were hotter.
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