60ºF

First half of 2020 the second-hottest on record globally; per NOAA, NASA

The earth's average temperature during the first half of 2020 was nearly 2°F warmer than the 20th century average.

Close to record warmth for the first half of 2020
Close to record warmth for the first half of 2020

ROANOKE, Va.New research from NOAA and NASA Monday confirms that the first half of 2020 has been close to the hottest on record across the globe. The average global temperature between January and June was 1.93°F above the 20th-century average and just 0.09°F from the record set in 2016.

This also states that June’s temperatures were tied as the third-hottest on record, marking the 426th consecutive month of warmer-than-average global temperatures. Some areas that experienced their warmest first-half to any calendar year include South America, Europe, Asia, and the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, the coolest air was across Alaska, parts of western Canada and northern India.

Statistical analysis finds that there’s a very high likelihood that 2020 winds up in the Top 5 for the warmest years on record across the globe. Data from Climate Central shows 2020 on pace to be within that range as well.

Tracking when the hottest years on record have occurred globally
Tracking when the hottest years on record have occurred globally

Climate Central also states that while emissions did decline during the spring, they are quickly rising as we emerge from the previous shutdown.

If you’re looking for a more local perspective, Roanoke and Lynchburg are currently having a Top 10 warmest year (so far). Southside and the New River Valley are warmer than average but aren’t in the top 10.

Roanoke is currently in the middle of one of its longest 90° streaks on record.

That streak is forecast to continue throughout at least the next few days. Speaking of heat in Roanoke, the Star City is one of only 13 places in the U.S. being studied for a possible urban heat island effect.


About the Author: