Quick Link: So Far, 2012 is the U.S.’s Hottest Year on Record

Nationwide, 86 temperature records were broken in June, though none were in California

Temperatures have been so warm in parts of the country, they’ve established new “neighborhoods” in the record books, according to a report released today by NOAA. States in the West, the Midwest and Southeast set all-time heat records in June. California and the other West Coast states have not been affected by the heat wave. In fact, Oregon and Washington had a cooler-than-average June.

It’s official, although not necessarily a surprise. The average temperature across the contiguous United States for the first six months of this year has been the warmest on record – and by a considerable sum – dating back to 1895, according to a monthly report released Monday by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

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