It isn’t your imagination – the world has been pretty darn hot! In fact, the world is on a hot streak, setting a heat record for the month of June. And that is following the world heat record broke for the month of May.
NOAA has declared that last month’s average global temperature was 16.2 C, which is 0.72 degrees higher than the 20th-century average. It beat 2010’s old record by 1/20th of a degree. While that doesn’t sound like much it is a pretty big deal in temperature records.
Unusually hot oceans, especially the Pacific and Indian oceans drove both the June and May records. Heat records in June broke on every continent but Antarctica. The heat hit New Zealand, northern South America, Greenland, central Africa and southern Asia particularly hard.
And with a likely El Nino this year — the warming of the tropical Pacific which influences the world’s weather and increases global temperatures — it is starting to look like another extra warm year. The first six months of the year are the third warmest first six months on record, coming behind 2010 and 1998.
How long do records go back? All the way back to 1880 and this is the 352nd hotter than average month in a row.