In keeping with Earth’s warming trend this year, June 2021 placed as fifth-warmest June in the 142-year global climate record. The year-to-date (through June) average global temperature ranked eighth highest on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
Here’s a closer look into NOAA’s latest monthly global climate report:
Climate by the numbers - June 2021
The average global surface (land and ocean) temperature in June was 1.58 degrees F (0.88 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees F (15.5 degrees C), making June the fifth warmest in the climate record.
The year to date | January through June
The first half of 2021 ranked eighth warmest on record, with a global temperature of 1.42 degrees F (0.79 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average of 56.3 degrees F (13.5 degrees C).
Africa had its third-warmest YTD on record — only the same period for 2010 and 2016 were warmer. Asia had its eighth-warmest YTD; South America had its 10th warmest (a tie with 2013); and North America had its 11th warmest (a tie with 1999).