June 2013 was world's fifth-hottest June on record, says NOAA

June 2013 broke monthly records over much of northern Canada, western Russia, southern Japan, the Philippines, part of southwestern China, and central southern Africa.

Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters
An Egyptian farmer walks past his crops damaged by drought in a farm formerly irrigated by the river Nile, in El-Dakahlya, about 120 km (75 miles) from Cairo, June 4, 2013. June 2013 was the fifth-hottest Jund on record, worldwide, and was the hottest June ever in several places.

Earth experienced its fifth-hottest June on record, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average global temperatures last month of 60.54 F (15.86 C) tied with 2006, and was 1.15 F (0.64 C) above the 20th century average of 59.9 F (15.5 C), the report said.

Monthly records were broken over much of northern Canada, western Russia, southern Japan, the Philippines, part of southwestern China, and central southern Africa during June.

The United States had its 15th-warmest June on record.

Amid the heat, rainfall has been mixed this year. The US East Coast was wetter than average in June, while California has had its driest year on record, the report said.

While much of the world baked, Central Asia, India and western Europe bucked the trend, with cooler temperatures than usual.

(Editing by Tim Gaynor and Stacey Joyce)

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