Scientists in the United States have said that June 2016 was the hottest June since 1880. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the temperature was 0.9 degree Celsius more than the average for the 20th century and 0.02 degree Celsius higher than last year. It is also the the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat, reported The Guardian.
Temperatures have been beating previous highs all over the world since April 2015. Global warming, coupled with the El Niño phenomenon have pushed the mercury up, scientists said. However Nasa's Gavin Schmidt added, “While El Niño gave a boost to global temperatures from last year October onward, it is the underlying trend that is producing these record numbers."
Schmidt's colleague Walt Meir believes that the global temperatures have been on the rise because of extreme temperatures over the Arctic. “This warmth as well as unusual weather patterns have led to the record-low sea ice extents so far this year."