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June 2017 one of the hottest months on record as temperatures rise - 19th June

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According to new figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), June 2017 was the third-hottest June on record, beaten only by the two preceding Junes in 2015 and 2016. The data showed that June 2017 temperatures were 0.82C above the 20th century average, meaning that the previous 41 Junes have been above the norm.

The figures also estimate that the warming of the earth is now at levels not seen for over 100,000 years. Experts have suggested this will make the proposed limit for warming very difficult.

Data was also backs up the NASA figures that were released last week, which suggests that June 2017 was the 4th hottest June on record, with 2017 looking likely to be the 2nd warmest year on record.

The June data see all of the first six months of 2017 sitting among the three warmest months on record, making it the second-hottest first half of a year on record, again, beaten only by the previous year. The near-record temperatures continued this year despite the passing of El Niño, which normally warms the earth, and its opposite; La Niña which is currently suppressing temperatures.

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