Published: 2020-07-15 11:54:33
Updated: 2020-07-15 11:54:33
By Aimee Wilmoth, WRAL meteorologist
The numbers are in: Using combined NOAA and NASA data, 2020 is the planet’s second hottest year on record through June. Year-to-date temperatures are approaching the record-setting year of 2016. 2020 is 90% likely to finish among the top three hottest years.
The month of June was the 426th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average.
Records have been shattered as far as the Arctic and Antarctic. In June, a town in Siberia reached a high of 100.4F – an earth-shattering Arctic record. Antarctica broke several temperature records in February, as well.
As we enter the heart of the summer months, the U.S. has had its 8th hottest year on record according to the numbers through June. When looking at the average mean temperature, Raleigh has had its 8th hottest year so far, as well.