After a month that featured blistering heat waves across Europe, relentless rising temperatures in India, and sweltering temperatures in Alaska that culminated in record heat at the beginning of July, June 2019 became the hottest June on record for the globe, according to a new report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The agency announced on Thursday that the average global temperature in June 2019 was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit (.95 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees F (15.5 degrees C). This June was the hottest in 140 years of recordkeeping dating back to 1880.

NOAA gathers these numbers through a database of actual surface weather stations around the world, including about 1,200 land stations. These stations collect the surface land temperature while buoy and ship observations are used to take ocean surface temperatures. These conclusions use the average of the combined ocean and land temperatures.

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Source:  Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer