UN confirms record temperature of 38 ° C for Arctic


The World Meteorological Organization (OMM) has confirmed that the temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) reached in a Siberian city last year was a record for the Arctic.

The agency of the United Nations said Tuesday that the temperature that hit Verkhoyansk on June 20, 2020 came during a prolonged heat wave amid conditions that averaged up to 10 ° C (50 ° F) above normal for much of the summer in Arctic Siberia.

“This new Arctic record is one of a series of observations … sounding the alarms about our changing climate,” said Petteri Taalas, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Arctic warms twice the global average

The UN confirms a record temperature of 38 ° C for the Arctic.

Verkhoyansk lies about 115 km (71 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, a region that is among the fastest warming in the world and is warming more than twice the world average.

The WMO said in a statement that the 2020 heat wave “sparked devastating fires, caused massive sea loss and played an important role” in what last year was one of the three hottest years on record. “It is possible, indeed likely, that larger extremes will occur in the Arctic region in the future,” he added.

The agency has opened a record number of investigations into extreme weather events as climate change unleashes unrivaled storms and heat waves.

Are the Arctic records a new category?

The UN confirms a record temperature of 38 ° C for the Arctic.

Since the Arctic records are a new category, the Verkhoyansk probe data had to be cross-checked with other records as part of a vigorous verification process involving a network of volunteers.

The record is now an official entry in the World Archive of Climate and Extreme Weather, a sort of Guinness World Records for climate that also includes the heaviest hail and the longest lightning bolt.

AmericanPost.News reports that, the agency already has a category for Antarctica and had to create a new one for the Arctic after filing in 2020. Currently, the Arctic is collapsing amid a steep thaw, experts say.

A new temperature record for the Antarctic continent of 18.3 ° C (65 ° F) was also recorded last year at Argentina‘s Esperanza station, while a WMO committee is also checking other possible heat records, including in Death Valley in California in 2020.

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