FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) —The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday.
Scientists say it’s a record-high temperature in one of the fastest-warming places in the world.
Verhojansk, a Russian town in East Siberia known for its exceptionally cold winters, just broke its all-time heat record with a whopping 38.0°C (100.4°F)! Records kept since 1885.#ArcticHeatwave pic.twitter.com/P6tbJ4DbKd
— Mika Rantanen (@mikarantane) June 20, 2020
It’s not a surprise that Siberia endures large temperature swings.
But, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, it’s unusual for the extreme warmth to last for a prolonged period of time.
The above average temperatures have occurred in the area since 2019.
The town of Verkhoyansk is located in the Arctic Circle and it has been classified as one of the world’s coldest locations.
In 1892, the town dropped to a frigid -90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The June average high temperature is usually 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
This record-high temperature is on the heels of the hottest May on record for the area.
On top of alarming heat, Siberia is dealing with multiple wildfires.
�� A big smoke plume and several #Arctic #wildfires�� visible in this image during the #ArcticHeatwave in #Siberia, #Russia���� 22 June 2020 #SuomiNPP��️ #VIIRS Full-size ➡️ https://t.co/5jtU2E4dMc #RemoteSensing #scicomm #OpenData Image is about 1,500 km wide pic.twitter.com/GFGBxUYTu0
— Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) June 22, 2020
Researchers say the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.
NOAA says the Arctic ice melt has accelerated, which leads to seasonal snow cover that isn’t as white and it absorbs more sunlight.
When something absorbs more sunlight, it leads to more warming.
The ice melt leads to higher sea levels and with less ice, the oceans will warm.