(KTEN) – It’s official! June 2023 was the hottest June in the 174-year global climate record. In addition, Earth’s sea surface temperature anomalies were the highest ever recorded.

The average global surface (land and ocean) temperature in June was 1.89°F above average, which places June 2023 as the warmest on record. June 2023 was 0.23°F higher than the previous record, which was set in June 2020.

This marks the third consecutive month that the global sea surface temperature hit a record high as El Niño conditions continue to strengthen.

A map of some of the most significant climate anomalies in June 2023


The first half of 2023 ranked as the third warmest on record with a global temperature of 1.82°F above the 20th-century average of 56.3°F.

According to the National Center of Environmental Information’s (NCEI) Global Annual Temperature Outlook, there is a greater than 99% chance that 2023 will be ranked as a top-10 warmest year on record and a 97% chance of being ranked in the top 5.