Climate Crisis: Arctic Temperatures ‘Break Records’, As Ice Melting Season Starts Early

A heatwave is underway in the Arctic unusually early in the year, with temperatures reaching record highs for spring and kickstarting an earlier annual melting season, scientists have found. An anomalous high pressure weather system over the North Pole has seen temperatures soar, with some parts of Siberia recording highs of over 20C. Temperature spike is highest this early in the year since at least 1958, scientists suggest. This warm air over Russia has created a “highway” to the pole, transporting unseasonable warmth north into the Arctic. Meanwhile, colder air is moving south into Scandinavia and North America.

Harry Cockburn. Independent. May 19, 2020.

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