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How Warm was June 2013 Globally?

July 15, 2013; 2:11 PM ET

Global land/ocean surface temperature anomalies for June 2013

June 2013 was the second warmest June on record globally for land/ocean combined surface temperature, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).

June 2013 averaged 0.67 degrees Celsius (1.21 F.) above the 1951-1980 base period average, according to GISS.

The warmest June on record was +0.74 C. back in 1998, which by the way was at the end of a strong El Nino, which typically has an overall warming influence on the globe. Currently, we are experiencing near-neutral ENSO conditions (neither an EL Nino or La Nina).

The GISS image below shows the June 2013 surface temperature anomalies for the northern and southern Hemispheres.

As you can see, the highest temperature anomalies (red) were over NW Canada, northern Europe and over parts of Antarctica.

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