Although global temperatures fell rapidly from May to June as the El Niño Pacific Ocean warming event fades, June 2016 was nonetheless the second warmest June in the satellite temperature record, according to the press release from the University of Alabama Huntsville. June 2016 trailed June 1998 by 0.23 C, according to Dr. John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at UAH. Compared to seasonal norms, however, June 2016 was the 30th warmest month overall since the satellite temperature dataset began in December 1978.
June 2016 also was the second warmest on record in the Northern Hemisphere (0.51 C compared to June 1998 at 0.60 C above seasonal norms), but the eighth warmest June in the Southern Hemisphere and, despite the El Niño remnants, only the sixth warmest June in the tropics. The graphic below compares how temperature trends evolved during the big El Nino back in 1997/1998 and the current one that is now fading. If temperatures continue to decline as steeply, predictions that 2016 will be the warmest year in the satellite record will likely not come true.
Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.12 C per decade
June temperatures (preliminary)
Global composite temp.: +0.34 C (about 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.
Northern Hemisphere: +0.51 C (about 0.92 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.
Southern Hemisphere: +0.17 C (about 0.79 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.
Tropics: +.38 C (about 0.68 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.
For monthly satellite temperature data go here.