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NOAA: June 2021 was the hottest June on record for U.S.

The monthly climate summary for the US was released by NOAA late last week. The summary showed that due to extraordinary heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeast, the average temperature for the 48 contiguous states was 72.6 F. That is 4.2 degrees above normal and higher than the previous record June of 2016 by 0.9 F. You can read the highlights at https://www.noaa.gov/news/june-2021-was-hottest-june-on-record-for-us and more detailed information at https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202106. Precipitation as a whole was very close to normal, but northern areas saw little rain while parts of the Southeast received near-record rain. The hot conditions out west were in contrast to the near-normal to slightly cool temperatures in the Southeast, which no one I know is complaining about.