US severe weather: ocean temperatures highest ever in June; Vermont flood victims
Last month was the hottest June globally on record on both land and sea, scientists have said.
Ocean temperatures reached record-breaking highs for the month of June, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in its monthly global climate report.
The average global surface (land and ocean) temperature in June was 1.89 F above average, 0.23F warmer than the previous record set in June 2020, it said.
Last month also marked the 47th-consecutive June and the 532nd-consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average, it added. For the third consecutive month, the global ocean surface temperature hit a record high as weak El Niño conditions that emerged in May continued to strengthen in June.
June 2023 also saw the lowest sea ice coverage for any June on record, according to the NOAA. Earth’s global sea ice extent in June 2023 was 330,000 square miles less than the previous record low from June 2019.