(WASHINGTON) – On Monday, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data revealing June 2014 as the hottest month on record since 1880, beating 59.9 degrees average of the 20th century by 1.3 degrees.
According to NOAA, the combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a “record high for the month at 61.20 Fahrenheit (16.22 Celsius)”.
With the exception of Antarctica, “most of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with record warmth across part of southeastern Greenland, parts of northern South America, areas in eastern and central Africa, and sections of southern and southeastern Asia,” NOAA further stated.
Reports also state that it is the hottest the oceans have been, breaking a monthly heat record of 62.70 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius) which was 0.64 Celsius higher than what it was in the 20th Century.
Reports warn of potential temperature increases by an approximate 4 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels if preventive measures are not taken.
Previously in May, the temperature exceeded the average of 58.6 degrees by 1.33 degrees. This marks June as the second-straight month of the world’s hottest-temperature record.