World Met Office says first half of 2013 among warmest periods on recordListen /
Global average temperatures for the first half of this year are among the hottest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The information comes from one of the agency's members, the United States's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has just released its latest report.
WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis told journalists in Geneva on Friday that last month was among the five warmest Junes since records began in 1880.
"It marked the 340th consecutive month—in other words, a total of more than 28 years—with global temperatures above the 20th-century average. NOAA also said the first half of 2013 tied with 2003 as the seventh warmest period on record."
The report also shows that monthly record warmth was observed over much of northern Canada, far northwestern Russia, southern Japan, the Philippines, southwestern China, and central southern Africa.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.