Hottest June ever recorded

We've just been through the hottest June ever recorded on Earth, if the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is to be believed.

The combined average for global land and ocean temperatures during the month was 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit (16.2 Celsius). This is 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.68 Celsius) up on the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius).

According to the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, we've also just experienced the hottest six-month and three-month periods - measured from January to June and from April to June this year - since its records began back in 1880.

Some areas were hotter than others, of course.

Temperatures apparently went through the roof in Peru. Central and eastern United States and eastern and western Asia were also sweltering, while Scandinavia and southern China chilled out a bit. Spain enjoyed the coolest June in 13 years, according the data.

Average global ocean surface temperatures were 0.97 degrees (0.54 Celsius) hotter than last century's average of 61.5 degrees Fahrenheit (16.4 Celsius) - it's been hotter three times before since records began. But the average land surface temperature was 1.93 degrees Fahrenheit (1.07 Celsius) higher than the 20th century average of 55.9 degrees Fahrenheit (13.3 Celsius) and were the hottest yet recorded.