Experts say June was the Warmest on Record
Figures produced by America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have shown that last month was the warmest June since records began in 1880; the average global temperature of 61.20F surpassed the previous record set in June 2010.
Unusually hot ocean temperatures, which reached an average of 62.70F, were thought to be one of the reasons for the increase. Many areas registered record temperatures during June including New Zealand, South America, Central Africa and Southern Asia. Even Greenland has been sweltering, with Kangerlussuaq near its west coast reaching an unprecedented 73.80F on June 15. Nine of the ten hottest Junes on record have now been registered in the 21st century.
The news comes at the same time as a new paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters says that the apparent halt in overall global warming is the result of natural climatic cycles exacerbating, or damping down, a continuing warming trend brought about by the emission of greenhouse gases.
The report’s main author, Professor Shaun Lovejoy of McGill University in Montreal, is convinced the use of accurate data shows that the slow-down in warming is a natural phenomenon. “Being based on climate records, this approach avoids any biases that might affect the sophisticated computer models that are commonly used for understanding global warming,” he said. Cooling periods are thought to occur every few decades with the last being between 1944 and 1976.
You can view the NOAA global analysis for June here.