June 2010 was Iceland’s warmest since records began – the fourth month in a row to break the record. It was also the 304th month in a row which was warmer than the 20th Century average.
Loftslag.is reported that the period from April to June was also record-breakingly warm for the whole of the northern hemisphere.
Visir.is spoke with representatives of the Icelandic Met Office who said that it is not yet possible to say whether July will break June’s heat record, because although it has been very warm in the south and west, the north and east experienced some very cold weather in early July.
In other related news, the American weather and oceanography service, NOAA has stated that the current amount of Arctic sea ice has not been smaller during any summer since records began in 1979. The ice covers 10.9 million kilometres, which is 10.6 percent less than the 1979-2000 average.
This is the 19th year in a row that there is less Arctic ice in June than in the previous year.
Globally, this June was the warmest since records began in 1880. The average global temperature was 16.2 degrees Celsius, whereas the 20th Century average is 15.5. The June heat was not evenly spread, however: Peru, the mid and eastern USA and western Asia were all hotter than usual, while Scandinavia, southern China and the northwest USA were all colder than usual.