World Meteorological Organization confirms record high Arctic temperature of 38º.

The Arctic has reached a new high temperature of 38 degrees.

The World Meteorological Organization announced a new record high temperature in the Arctic on Tuesday. Last year, on June 20, the Russian city of Verkhoyansk set a new high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius.

The temperature, which was more Mediterranean than Arctic, was recorded at a meteorological observation station during a very hot and long-lasting Siberian heat wave.

“Without climate change, the temperatures we witnessed in Siberia in 2020 would have been inconceivable,” said Clare Nullis, a spokesman for the Organization. “As we’ve been saying for a long time, the Arctic is one of the planet’s fastest warming regions, warming at more than double the global average.”

Average temperatures in the Arctic region of Siberia reached records of up to 10 degrees Celsius above normal for much of last summer, resulting in deadly fires and major sea ice loss, and contributing significantly to 2020 being one of the three warmest years ever recorded.

Since 1885, the meteorological station in Verkhoyansk, roughly 115 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, has been taking measurements. It is located in the Republic of Sakha’s northwestern district, in an area of eastern Siberia with a harsh continental climate (very cold winter and hot summer).

Temperatures of 38°F or greater were never recorded anywhere in the Arctic, according to historical study based on national records from Arctic countries. After careful consideration, the committee came to the conclusion that no previous observations in Canada had exceeded that value.

Other temperature extremes were looked into.

Professor Petteri Taalas, the Organization’s secretary general, stated that the Arctic record “adds” to a string of exceptional weather and climate occurrences reported to the Archive, raising concerns about the evolution of climatic circumstances. Antarctica also set a new high temperature record (18.3°) in 2020.”

“Researchers are trying to verify measurements of 54.4° recorded in both 2020 and 2021 at the world’s hottest spot, Death Valley in California, and to authenticate a purported European temperature record of 48.8° on the Italian island of Sicily this summer,” Taalas added.

Extreme weather and climate phenomena have never had “such many parallel investigations underway,” according to the scientist.

  •  Sea ice loss hastens global warming and alters weather patterns.
  • Loss of sea ice hastens global warming and alters weather patterns.
  •  The formation of a new category is triggered by a record.

The Arctic is one of the world’s fastest-warming regions, with temperatures rising twice as fast as the worldwide average. Extreme temperatures and climate change have motivated a committee of UN experts to create a new climate category in the Archive: “maximum temperature recorded in the Arctic Circle or north of 66.50 degrees Fahrenheit.” “north of the equator; north of the equator; north of the equator

The World’s Highest and Lowest Temperatures, Precipitation, Most Intense Hailstorms, Longest Period of Drought, Maximum Wind Gusts, Longest Lightning Strike, and Weather-Related Deaths are all part of the Weather and Climate Extremes Archive.

Giving representation to the two polar areas is part of the new category. Since 2007, the Organization has included extreme temperatures in its list for the Antarctic region (polar regions located 600 south of the equator, equivalent to land areas and ice shelves included in the Antarctic Treaty).

“This study emphasizes the rise in temperatures that is taking place in a climatically significant region of the planet. We can learn about the changes occurring in this key part of the world, the polar Arctic, by regularly monitoring and measuring temperature extremes “WMO Rapporteur for Climate and Meteorological Extremes, Professor Randall Cerveny, stated.

“The record certainly indicates that Siberia is warming,” said Phil Jones, a famous British climatologist and committee member.

Blair Trewin, a member of the evaluation group from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, stated that “verification of this type of record is crucial to have a trustworthy evidence base on the evolution of the most extreme occurrences in our climate.”

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: highnorthnews

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