World marks hottest June since 1880

2014-07-21 19:18

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Washington - Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to a monthly report out Monday by US government climate scientists.

The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a "record high for the month at 16.22°C," said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That meant June was a total of 0.72°C warmer than the 20th century average for the month, surpassing the last record high temperature for June set in 2010, said NOAA.

"Most of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with record warmth across part of southeastern Greenland, parts of northern South America, areas in eastern and central Africa, and sections of southern and southeastern Asia," NOAA said in a statement.

"Similar to May, scattered sections across every major ocean basin were also record warm."

The findings are part of an ongoing trend of rising global temperatures.

June has been warmer than the 20th century average for 38 years in a row, the agency said.

Its report last month also found that May was a record-setter, also topping the previous high set in 2010.

The last time June broke records for being cooler than normal was in 1976.

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