The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced Tuesday that June 2016 was 1.62° F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by .04° F. This made June the 14th consecutive month to shatter records.
What’s more, NOAA reported, the globally averaged sea surface temperature was at a record high for June as well as the year-to-date.
The agency compiled an image marking several additional "climate anomalies” in June:
Furthermore, also on Tuesday, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) noted that the six-month period from January to June 2016 was also the planet’s warmest half-year on record, with an average temperature 2.4° F warmer than the late 19th century.
NASA also recorded that five of the first six months of 2016 also set records for the smallest respective monthly Arctic sea ice extent since consistent satellite records began in 1979.
“It has been a record year so far for global temperatures, but the record high temperatures in the Arctic over the past six months have been even more extreme,” said Walt Meier, a sea ice scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “This warmth as well as unusual weather patterns have led to the record low sea ice extents so far this year.”