Arctic Circle is already recording 118 F degree days (and summer is just heating up)
By Brandon Specktor – Senior Writer 7 days ago
On the same day last year, air temperatures in the area blazed past 100 degrees F for the first time in recorded history.
Land temperatures in Siberia exceeded 118 degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of summer. (Image credit: European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-3 imagery)
On the summer solstice (June 20 — the longest day of the year) two European Union satellites recorded a scorching temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius ) on the ground in Arctic Siberia.
This isn’t quite a new heat record; as a post on the EU’s Copernicus satellite website noted, this egg-boiling temperature was detected only on the ground in Siberia’s Sakha Republic, while the region’s air temperature (the temperature people would actually feel while walking around) was a toasty 86 F (30 C).
However, that’s still an anomalously high temperature for the Arctic Circle — and one that could exacerbate the region’s melting permafrost, which is the only thing preventing ancient caches of greenhouse gases from reentering Earth‘s atmosphere, according to Gizmodo.
The EU’s Copernicus Sentinal-3A and 3B satellites recorded the high temperatures in the midst of an ongoing heat wave over much of Siberia. The heat spike is, unfortunately, a predictable start to summer, following a spring that saw hundreds of wildfires scorching the Siberian countryside and blacking out major cities with blankets of smoke.
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