The Arctic is on fire and this heatwave makes scientists worried about the implications it could have for the rest of the world.
With the temperature hitting a record of 38°C in the Russian Arctic town of Verkhoyansk on Saturday, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has issued a statement confirming it is now seeking to verify the reported temperature.
European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence, Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) wrote on Twitter: “A severe heatwave is affecting the Arctic circle. Reports indicate air temperature reached 38° C in Verhojansk in Siberia and as shown by Sentinel3 the Land Surface Temperature (LST) reached 45°C.”
A severe heatwave is affecting the #Arctic circle
— 🇪🇺 DG DEFIS #UnitedAgainstCoronavirus (@defis_eu) June 23, 2020
The Verkhoyansk meteorological station had a previous air temperature record of 37.3° C observed on 25th July 1988.