June 2020 – 3rd Warmest June On Record Globally

June 2020 was the fourth hottest June on record for the Caribbean Region and tied with 2015 as the third-highest June temperature departure on record, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Averaged as a whole, the global land and ocean surface temperature for June 2020 was 0.92°C above the 20th century average of 15.5°C (59.9°F), tying with 2015 as the third-highest June temperature departure from average in the 141-year record.

Nine of the 10 warmest Junes have occurred since 2010; the seven warmest Junes have occurred in the last seven years (2014–2020). June 2020 marked the 44th consecutive June and the 426th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.

In the Caribbean, based on NOAA’s data, the region had its fourth warmest June on record.

Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events: June 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)
Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events: June 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)

In Trinidad and Tobago, we also experienced much drier than usual conditions, with precipitation coming in between 75% to 100% of our long-term-averages, between a 40 and 60-millimeter deficit.

According to Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, June this year recorded 197.3 millimeters of rainfall at Piarco, Trinidad, and 130.9 millimeters at Crown Point, Tobago. Based on long-term averages, T&T records 251 millimeters of rainfall for an average June.

Much of the Eastern Caribbean also recorded similar deficits, with northeastern South America seeing lower overall precipitation.

Land-Only Precipitation Anomalies: June 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)

For a more complete summary of climate conditions and events, see NOAA’s June 2020 Global Climate Report. You can also check here for more climate news for T&T.

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