Last month hottest June ever
June 2010 has gone on record as the hottest June since temperatures have been documented, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The scientific body’s National Climatic Data Center records go back to 1880 and also show the January-June and April-June periods to be the warmest ever recorded.
Though temperatures were warmer than average throughout much of the globe, Peru, central and eastern US and both eastern and western Asia experienced the most markedly hotter temperatures. Southern China, Scandinavia and the northwestern US were actually cooler than average, as was Spain.
From an AFP report:
In June, the combined average for global land and ocean temperatures was 16.2 degrees Celsius, 0.68C more than the 20th century average of 15.5C.
Though heat waves and cold snaps can be anomalies and not necessarily tied to climate change, the data from the NOAA points to a definite global trend in warming temperatures.
The trend to a warmer world is now incontrovertible. According to NOAA, June was the 304th consecutive month with a combined global land and surface temperature above the 20th-century average. The last month with below-average temperatures was February 1985. Each of the 10 warmest average global temperatures recorded since 1880 have occurred in the last 15 years with the previous warmest first half of a year in 1998.
According to satellite data from US National Snow and Ice Data Center, Arctic sea ice was at its lowest level on record for June (since 1979).
For more on the story, see the following Guardian article: