The UN on Tuesday officially confirmed the 38 degrees Celsius temperature measured in Siberia last year as a new record for the Arctic.
The World Meteorological Organization said the scorching heat measured on June 20, 2020 in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk, came amid an unprecedented global heat-wave, causing the average temperature to go 10C above normal during much of the summer over Arctic Siberia.
This is the first time the United Nations’ agency has included record heat in the Arctic in its archive of extreme weather reports.
WMO chief Petteri Taalas said the measurement is among a number of observations reported to the agency’s Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes, cautioning about the severe threat of climate change.
Verkhoyansk is located about 115km north of the Arctic Circle where temperature is being measured since 1885.