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If you thought last month felt really, really hot, you were right. June 2019 was the hottest June on record for the globe. And, it was the second month in a row that balmy temperatures caused Antarctic sea ice coverage to reach a record low.
The sizzling average land and sea temperature of June 2019 was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit (0.95 degrees Celsius) above the global average temp of 59.9 F (15.5 C), making June 2019 the hottest June in 140 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information. Nine of the top 10 hottest Junes have occurred since 2010.
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Europeans sweated more than normal last month, too, having experienced the region's hottest June on record as a whole. Austria, Germany and Hungary each recorded their hottest June ever, and Switzerland had its second hottest.
Last month's blanket of warmth covered the globe so thoroughly that it reached our planet's melting poles. June 2019 was the 20th consecutive June with below-average sea ice coverage in the Arctic, and the fourth consecutive June with below-average sea ice coverage in the Antarctic. Ice coverage in the Antarctic was the smallest it's ever been for June in the 41-year record, surpassing the previous record low set in 2002 by 62,000 square miles...
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