This last weekend temperatures reached record heights in the Arctic Circle rising to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This would be the highest temperature reading for that area since the region began record-keeping in 1885.
According to The Guardian, the freak temperatures have been linked to wildfires, a huge oil spill and a plague of tree-eating moths.
The small Siberian town, Verkhoyansk, which is a town north of the Arctic Circle has an average of 68°F during this time of year. Hot summer weather is not uncommon in the Arctic Circle, but these high temperatures are definitely concerning and abnormal.
Siberian town tops 100 degrees F, the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle.— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) June 21, 2020
This scares me, I have to say. https://t.co/NatjQhuLGn
According to Common Dreams, the reading comes as Siberia is in the midst of a prolonged heatwave that has alarmed climate scientists and activists.
“The Arctic is believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average,” BBC reports.
Temperatures reached +38°C within the Arctic Circle on Saturday, 17°C hotter than normal for 20 June. #GlobalHeating is accelerating, and some parts of the world are heating a lot faster than others.— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) June 22, 2020
The #RaceToZero emissions is a race for survival.
Dataviz via @ScottDuncanWX pic.twitter.com/NIKeAYdiJd