The month of June set a new heat record, with hot spots around the globe. Image by National Climatic Data Center, NOAA.

7/22/2014 4:52:32 PM

Feeling the Heat: Two Record-breaking Months in a Row

No doubt about it. The globe is heating up, for people and for polar bears. June set a record for high temperatures, hot on the heels of the world's warmest May.

According to a report released yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June's average global daily temperature was 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average, at 61.2 degrees.

Global ocean temperatures contributed to the record heat, warming up to 62.7 degrees, the hottest for any month, ever.

Not surprisingly, arctic sea ice is also feeling the heat. According to NOAA's 2013 State of the Climate report, the arctic sea ice extent at the September minimum is declining at a rate of 13.7% per decade. (See map below.)

Did you know? June was the 352nd consecutive month in a row with temperatures that were above the global average. 

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