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Summer-on-Steroids Kicks Off

With Record Global
June set a new record for
heat, as did each of the 13
preceding months.
July 19, 2016

Tom Randall

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Last month wasnt just the hottest June on recordit continued the
longest-ever streak of record-breaking months: 14.
The start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere gave us the hottest
June since 1880, according to data released Tuesday by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That follows the
hottest May, April, March, February, January, December, November,
October, September, August, and July. Before June 2016, June 2015
held the monthly record, as did May 2015.
Last years massive El Nio warming pattern in the Pacific Ocean is
over, but unprecedented heat remains across the planet. The extremes
of recent months are such that were only halfway into 2016 and
theres already a greater than 99 percent likelihood that this year will
be the hottest on record, according to Gavin Schmidt, who directs
NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies. NASA and NOAA
maintain independent records of the Earths temperatures, but they
both agree that last month was a scorcher.
The interactive chart below shows Earths warming climate, measured
by land and sea, dating back to 1880.

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This year is on track to be the third consecutive year to set a new

global heat recordthe first time thats ever happened. So far, 15 of
the hottest 16 years ever measured have come in the 21st
century. Results from the worlds chief monitoring agencies vary
slightly. The Japan Meteorological Agency said last month was tied
with June 2015 for that months record. Nevertheless, all agree that the
extremes of 2016 are unrivaled in the modern climate record.
The heat was experienced differently across the world, but felt to some
degree almost everywhere. The dark red swaths in the map below
show areas that set new records.


Some of this is still the result of El Nio, which releases heat from the

Pacific that typically lingers for months after the underlying conditions
subside. Those conditions may soon shift to a cooling La Nia,
according to NOAAs Climate Prediction Center. The agency gives a
roughly 60 percent chance of a La Nia pattern developing in the fall
or winter. That, however, doesnt change Earths long-term trajectory,
or the fact that this summers heat is just getting started.