Hottest June ever around the globe

As we continue to enjoy what many would consider a mild summer in Central Texas, this is not the case around the globe.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2014 was the hottest June ever recorded in 134 years of measurement. This makes it the third-consecutive hottest month on record worldwide.

The red color on the map above from NOAA shows that hotter-than-average temperatures were observed across much of the globe.

NOAA looked at the temperatures observed on the ocean surface and on land, and found that the overall average temperature around the world last month was 61.2º Fahrenheit, which is 1.3ºF above the typical June average (59.9ºF).

Austin, however, was an exception to the global trend. Our average temperature last month was 0.2ºF cooler than the typical June (82.0ºF versus 82.2ºF).

This global observation for the month of June fits a distinct trend. Of the last 12 months, four have been the hottest ever observed. The world has not had a month featuring below-average temperatures since February 1985

Worldwide ocean/land temperature averages (and departure from monthly 100-year normals) over the past 12 months (courtesy: National Climatic Data Center):

July 61.5ºF (+1.10ºF), 6th hottest on record
August 61.22ºF (+1.12ºF), 4th hottest on record (tie, 2005)
September 60.15ºF (+1.15ºF), 4th hottest on record (tie, 2003)
October 58.23ºF (+1.13ºF), 7th hottest on record
November 56.6ºF (+1.4ºF), hottest on record
December 55.15ºF (+1.15ºF), 3rd hottest on record
January 54.77ºF (+1.17ºF), 4th hottest on record
February 54.64ºF (+0.74ºF), 21st hottest on record
March 55.38ºF (+1.28ºF), 4th hottest on record
April 58.09ºF (+1.39ºF), hottest on record (tie, 2010)
May 59.93ºF (1.33ºF), hottest on record
June 61.2ºF (+1.3ºF), hottest on record provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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