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North America Hit Record Temperatures for Hottest June Ever

Heatwaves around the world fueled the second-warmest June for Europe and the fourth-warmest on record globally.

Residents inside a cooling center during a heatwave in Portland, Oregon, on June 28.

Residents inside a cooling center during a heatwave in Portland, Oregon, on June 28.

Photographer: Maranie Staab/Bloomberg
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The heatwave that broke temperature records in North America made last month the hottest June ever for the region, according to Europe’s Earth observation agency Copernicus. 

Europe also experienced extreme heat in northern and eastern areas, posting its second-warmest June on record, the agency said in its monthly report on Wednesday. June 2021 was the fourth-warmest on record globally, tied with June 2018, with temperatures 0.21 degrees Celsius warmer than the average from 1991 to 2020.