Like May 2014, June Was Hottest on Record

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In an alarmingly trend, this June was the hottest on record, just like May before it, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Global temperature was 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average, as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere driven by the burning of fossil fuels.

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Both the average temperature over land and oceans and the global sea surface temperature were the highest for June since record taking began in 1880.

"With the exception of February (21st warmest), every month to date in 2014 has ranked among the four warmest for its respective month," NOAA reported in a statement. "Additionally, June 2014 marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average."

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The map above shows that southern Greenland saw record warmth, as did parts of South America, eastern and central Africa and areas of southern and southeastern Asia.

"A few areas in North America, Far East Russia, and small parts of central and eastern Europe were cooler or much cooler than average," reports NOAA.