If you thought June 2015 was hot,well you're not alone. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated that June 2015 was the hottest June on record. This is the third time this year that a monthly heat record was broken.
June 2015 had an average global temperature of 61.48 degrees F (16.33 degrees C), breaking the previous record set last year by 0.22 degrees F (0.12 degrees C). Usually these records are broken by a hundredth of a degree. June 2015 broke the record by nearly one quarter of a degree.
Last month also broke a record for the warmest first half of a year as well. The first half of 2015 averaged a global temperature of 57.83 degrees (14.35 degrees C).This average temperature was one-sixth of a degree warmer than the previous record set in the first half of 2010. 2010 was an El Nino year; however, the El Nino was not strong. This year, forecasters are predicting a strong El Nino. If this happens, there is a very strong chance that 2015 will be the hottest year on record.
March and May 2015 also broke monthly heat records, dating back 136 years. 24 monthly heat records have been broken since the year 2000. Not a single monthly cold record has been broken since 1916.