June 2024 Turned Out Warmest June in Planet’s History

Monthly record broken for the 13th consecutive time

The year 2024 has had the warmest June in the history of the planet. A fact that is hardly news anymore, given that this is the 13th consecutive hottest month on record. An unusual “streak of results,” even if a similar sequence was recorded between 2015 and 2016. The data was released by European climate program Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

The average surface air temperature was 16.66°C, 0.67°C above the 1991-2020 average for June and 0.14°C above the previous maximum set in June 2023. June 2024 exceeded the estimated June average for the pre-industrial period (1850-1900) by 1.50°C, the twelfth consecutive month with temperatures exceeding the threshold by 1.5°C more than in this baseline period.

European temperatures were mostly above average in the southeastern regions and Turkey, while Western Europe, Iceland and northwestern Russia were near or below average. Above-average temperatures were recorded in eastern Canada, western USA and Mexico, Brazil, northern Siberia, the Middle East, northern Africa, and western Antarctica. However, temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific were below average.

“June marks the 13th consecutive month of record global temperatures and the 12th consecutive month of temperatures more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels,” commented Carlo Buontempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). “It’s more than that. It’s not a statistical oddity and highlights an important and ongoing change in our climate. Even if this particular series of extreme events ends sooner or later, we are destined to see new records as the climate continues to warm. This is inevitable unless we stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and oceans.”