After the second warmest May on record, the combined global land and ocean temperature for June 2012 was 0.63°C (1.13°F) above the 20thcentury average of 15.5°C (59.9°F), making it the 4th warmest June on record (since 1880).
Much of the well above-average land temperatures were concentrated on Earth’s land areas, making the June’s global land area the warmest on record (this was also the case for May 2012). Many land areas of the world experienced much warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, including much of Europe, Asia, northern Africa, most of North America and southern Greenland. Australia and northern Europe experienced notably cooler than average temperatures. Further, the Northern Hemisphere experienced its warmest combined land and ocean June temperature on record (this was also the case for May). The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for January–June 2012 was the 11th warmest on record.
June 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive June and 328th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.
Stay tuned for more June 2012 climate information in the coming days.
Helpful Resources for More Information
- http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
- http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/ NCDC’s Global Climate Report