Florida experienced its hottest start to the year on record, averaging 70.4 degrees January through June.
That’s 2.9 degrees warmer than the 20th Century average and the warmest in records dating back 123 years. Southeast Florida, which includes coastal Palm Beach County, ranked as 4th warmest for the first six months of the year with an average temperature of 74.6 degrees.
Nationwide, the first six months of 2017 were the second warmest on record with an average of 50.9 degrees, which is 3.4 degrees above average.
The data from the National Centers for Environmental Information was released last week and will be updated Wednesday with more detailed local information.
But already, Miami is breaking overnight heat records, including the most consecutive days with low temperatures of 80 or warmer.
Overnight low temperatures in West Palm Beach were tied or broken three times this month and six times in June.