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100 degrees in Siberia: UN evaluates reports of record Arctic heat

Siberia is experiencing its second heatwave of 2020.(Credit: European Union/Copernicus...
Siberia is experiencing its second heatwave of 2020.(Credit: European Union/Copernicus Sentinel-3 imagery) (WLUC)
Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 12:10 PM EDT
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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.

The World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday that it's looking to verify the temperature reading on Saturday in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk with Rosgidromet, the Russian federal service for hydro-meteorological and environmental monitoring.

The reports suggest yet another possible sign of global warming in the Arctic, which the agency said is among the fastest warming regions in the world and is heating at twice the global average.