Arctic Circle records hottest ever day as temperature hits 38°C

Arctic Circle records hottest ever day as temperature hits 38°C

June 22, 2020

A record temperature of 38°C has been recorded in the Arctic Circle amid a summer heatwave, with meterologists warning that is 18°C hotter than normal for this time of year.

The small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk experienced the day time high temperature, a record for inside the Arctic Circle. It typically reaches a summer high of around 20°C.

Scientists previously said that temperatures this hot would not be seen within the Arctic Circle until 2100, warning the spike is caused by a combination of natural weather patterns and man-made climate change.

Weatherman for CBS, Jeff Beradelli, said on Twitter yesterday: ‘Likely the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic happened today.

‘What’s happening in Siberia this year is nothing short of remarkable. For perspective, Miami has only reached 100F (38C) once on record.’

Western Siberia was an average of 10°C hotter this May than usual. On May 23, the Siberian town of Khatanga recorded a record high of 25°C. The previous record for the town was just 11°C.

While the mercury in Nizhnyaya Pesha, in the far north of Russia, reached 30°C in early June.

The Arctic Circle has seen a 50% reduction in sea ice volume over the past four decades meaning more of the Earth’s surface is covered by dark ocean instead of light ice, meaning more heat is absorbed.


The last 12-month period matched the hottest on record and was close to 0.7°C warmer than average, the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said.

Last summer, Siberia saw unprecedented intense wildfires and the warmer and drier conditions provide ‘the ideal environment for fires to burn and persist’, said scientist Mark Parrington, of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.

In April, a report from the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation confirmed the past five years have been the hottest on record globally.

The state of the climate 2015-2019 report found: sea level rises are accelerating; Arctic sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets continue to decline; there has been an abrupt decrease in Antarctic sea ice; and more heat is being trapped in the oceans, harming life there, while heatwaves and wildfires are becoming an ever greater risk.

The findings are based on computer-generated analyses using billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations around the world, C3S said.

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