The Arctic Circle is currently experiencing a heatwave, with the Siberian town Verkhoyansk reaching 38° Celsius on 20 June, 2020. This temperature, yet to be verified, is the highest ever recorded in the Arctic Circle.
But what makes this particular heatwave so newsworthy, and what are implications of it locally and globally? Lamis is joined by climate applications scientist Dr Steven Crimp from the Australian National University to discuss further.
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Image - A heat map of the Earth showing the average temperature anomaly from January to May 2020, as compared to the temperature average from 1951-1980. The extreme heat in the Arctic Circle region, as opposed to the 1951-19890 average, can be clearly seen.
Image credit - Berkeley Earth.