The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
declared Friday that June 2021, which saw record-breaking temperatures across the United States
, was the hottest June on record in the country.
“Exceptional heat waves
from coast to coast aided in propelling June 2021 to the top of the list of hottest Junes on record for the United States,” the agency stated on its website.
According to NOAA, eight states — Arizona
, New Hampshire
, Rhode Island
, and Utah
— had their hottest Junes on record, while the contiguous United States as a whole recorded an average June temperature that was more than 4 degrees above average, at 72.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
NOAA reported that nearly half of the contiguous United States was in drought
at the end of June.
Scientists said in a new study this week that the heat wave, which they described as a "once-in-a-millennium" event, would not have been possible without climate change
If the Earth
continues to warm at its current rate, such extreme heat
“would go from essentially virtually impossible to relatively commonplace,” according to study co-author and climate scientist Gabriel Vecchi. “That is a huge change.”
Just in: #June 2021 was the hottest June on record for the United States; the country has also experienced eight #BillionDollarDisasters this year. https://t.co/KS9J7NiSN7
@NOAANCEIClimate #StateOfClimate pic.twitter.com/cD97JJAXbt — NOAA (@NOAA) July 9, 2021
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also reported on Friday that the United States had eight weather
and climate disasters with damages in excess of $1 billion in the first half of 2021.
Tornadoes in the Southeast in March, severe storms in Texas
, and ongoing heat waves and drought in the western United States were among these disasters.