A record-shattering Arctic heatwave reached 100.4° in Siberia on Saturday.
The town of Verkhoyansk, which is about 3,000 miles east of Moscow, will have the northernmost recorded 100-degree temperature if the data is found to be accurate, according to The Weather Channel. Record-keeping to measure Arctic heat began in 1885.
The same location reached another recorded high temperature of 95.3° on Sunday. The town’s average high temperature in June is in the mid-60s and the previous record high temperature was 99.1°.
The Washington Post describes the likeliness that this record Arctic temperature will be verified:
While some questions remain about the accuracy of the Verkhoyansk temperature measurement, data from a Saturday weather balloon launch at that location supports the 100-degree reading. Temperatures in the lower atmosphere, at about 5,000 feet, also were unusually warm at 70 degrees (21 Celsius), a sign of extreme heat at the surface.
The extreme heat in the Arctic Circle has been alarming scientists. Scientists have found links in what The Guardian calls “freak temperatures” to wildfires, a plague of tree-eating moths, and an oil spill.
“This scares me, I have to say,” Bill McKibben, environmentalist and 350.org co-founder, tweeted in response to the news.
Siberian town tops 100 degrees F, the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle.
This scares me, I have to say. https://t.co/NatjQhuLGn
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) June 21, 2020