"The Northern Hemisphere had its hottest summer on record in 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. Scientists from NOAA also said that 2020 is likely to be one of the five warmest years on record, and that last month was the second-warmest August on record.
Data showed the three-month season from June to August broke the record previously held by 2019 and 2016, which were tied for hottest in the Northern Hemisphere. Globally, NOAA said that the land and ocean temperature for June to August 2020 was the third highest in their 141-year history of record keeping.
NOAA said the 10 warmest Augusts have all occurred since 1998 and the five warmest Augusts have occurred since 2015. North America had its warmest August on record, with a temperature departure from average of +2.74 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NOAA. The Southern Hemisphere's land and ocean temperatures also saw an increase from its August average, making it the sixth highest on record."