US experiences 2nd-hottest June ever as temperatures soar to 22.1 Celsius

(MENAFN) The United States experienced its second-hottest June on record, with the average temperature soaring to 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit (22.1 degrees Celsius), which is 3.4 degrees above the long-term average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Tuesday.

June 2024 was characterized by a series of severe weather events, extreme temperatures, and significant variations in precipitation across different regions, as outlined in the monthly report from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).

The month witnessed unprecedented heat waves affecting large swathes of the country, particularly in the West, South, and Northeast, along with the Great Lakes region and Puerto Rico. These regions experienced record-breaking temperatures, leading to health concerns and setting new benchmarks for nighttime heat records for approximately 24 million people.

Arizona and New Mexico endured their hottest Junes on record, with 18 additional states ranking among their top 10 warmest Junes ever recorded. The extreme heat contributed to the rapid spread and intensity of the South Fork fire, which erupted on June 17 in New Mexico, scorching over 70 square kilometers, destroying nearly 1,400 structures, and tragically claiming two lives.

Simultaneously, parts of the Midwest faced catastrophic flooding due to days of relentless rainfall. Overflowing rivers and streams inundated communities, prompting evacuations as floodwaters washed away roads and bridges, causing extensive damage.

The events of June 2024 underscore the increasing severity and impact of climate-related extremes in the United States, highlighting the urgent need for resilience and preparedness measures in the face of evolving weather patterns and their consequences.



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