Saturday, July 25, 2020

Siberian heatwave: Wildfires rage in Arctic, sea ice melts

Associated Press•July 24, 2020

The U.N. weather agency warned Friday that average temperatures in Siberia were 10 degrees Celsius (18 Fahrenheit) above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle and contributed to a rapid depletion in ice sea off Russia's Arctic coast.


He noted that Earth's poles influence weather conditions far away, where hundreds of millions of people live.


The agency says the extended heat is linked to a large “blocking pressure system” and northward swing of the jet stream that has injected warm air into the region. But WMO also pointed to a recent study by top climate scientists who found that such a rise in heat would have been nearly impossible without human-caused climate change.


tags: extreme weather, severe weather

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