Friday, July 8, 2016

US experiences hottest June ever recorded

June 2016 was the hottest on record for the contiguous United States, scientists from NOAA announced on Thursday.

The average temperature of 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit is 3.3 F (1.83 C) hotter than a typical June. The record was broken with none of the Lower 48 turning in below-average temperatures for the month. NOAA said 17 states in the West, Great Plains and Southeast were well above average, rising the national average temperature to the highest ever recorded for the month of June in the national climate record starting 122 years ago in 1895.
The contiguous U.S. finished the first six months of 2016 at 3.2 degrees above the 20th-century average, and with an average temperature of 50.8 degrees, it was the third-warmest first half to any year on record.

Heat wasn't the only problem in the Lower 48 last month. With an average of 2.47 inches of precipitation, last month was the 14th-driest June on record. The lack of precipitation allowed drought conditions to worsen in parts of the Southeast, Northwest, Northeast and Plains.

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