First half of 2017 was world’s second hottest on record
Globally June was the third warmest on record going back to 1880
Rising temperatures due to global warming will make it harder for aircraft to take off in coming decades, a US study warned. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, behind only last year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that Earth’s average temperature from January to June was 14.4 degrees , which is 0.9 degrees warmer than the 20th century average.
Natural El Nino weather fronts spike global temperatures, but NOAA climate scientist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo said 2017 — without an El Nino so far — is beating all but the super El Nino year of 2016.
She said that is the result of the world changing in a warming climate.
Globally, June was the third warmest on record in records going back to 1880.