June 2014: The Hottest Month on Earth Since 1880

The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The month of June was the warmest global temperatures since records began in 1880, exceeding the average of 15.5 °C (59.9 °F) with 0.72° C (1.30 °F), reported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S.

Both the temperature of the earth’s surface and the oceans reached above average figures.

However, Jessica Blunden, scientist at NOAA, said that the “warming was driven by record temperatures in the ocean”, adding that partly this increase was due to the start of the El Niño, the warming of tropical waters in the Pacific.

The land was 0.95 °C (1.71°F) warmer than the average of 13.3 °C (55.9 °F), and was ranked as the seventh warmest June; while the ocean was 0.64 °C (1.15 °F) warmer than the average of 16.4 °C (61.5 °F), and thus the month becomes the warmest June since the beginning of compiled data.

These data also reflect a rise in global temperatures in the first six months of the year: combined the land and the sea were 0.67 °C (1.21 ° F) above the average of 13.5 °C (56, 3 °F), the third highest for a period from January to June in 1880.

This rise in temperature generally occurred worldwide since records were broken in Greenland, northern South America, eastern and central Africa and Southeast Asia as well as in New Zealand.

The U.S. federal agency recalled in its monthly report that nine of the ten warmest months of June on record have occurred in the XXI century.

It indicated as well that the last June which was below average, was in 1976.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica