UN evaluates reports of record Arctic heat in SiberiaChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 23, 2020
The U.N. weather agency is investigating media reports suggesting a new record high temperature of over 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Arctic Circle amid a heatwave and prolonged wildfires in eastern Siberia.
Verkoyansk Record Arctic heat in Siberia
Topics: Arctic Siberia
Agency spokeswoman Clare Nullis said wildfires in the Russian region and hot summer conditions regularly drive temperatures above 30 degrees C (86 F) in July, but they’ve never been found to top 38 degrees in the area.
“We’re taking it seriously, but we need to await official confirmation,” she told reporters in Geneva. ■