The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that June 2008 was the eighth warmest June since worldwide records began in 1880. The combined global land and ocean surface
temperature for June 2008 was 60.8 degrees, which is 0.9 degrees above the 20th century mean of 59.9 degrees. Separately, the global land surface temperature was 57.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees above the 20th century mean of 55.9 degrees. The global ocean surface temperature was 62.2 degrees, which is 0.7 degrees above the 20th century mean of 61.5 degrees. Northern Hemisphere Arctic sea ice extent for June 2008 ranked third lowest for June since
records began in 1979. Southern Hemisphere Antarctic sea ice extent for June 2008 was above the 1979-2000 mean, ranking as the second largest June extent.