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    Among the many heat records that hit our planet this year, the UN weather agency said it certified that the Russian town of Verkhoyansk had the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic. The town recorded a temperature of 38 C which is the most recent reason to “alarm bells about our climate change.”The World Meteorological Organization explained the temperature recorded is “more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic.’

    Verkhoyansk is roughly 115 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and temperatures have been observed since 1885. The average temperature was also up to 10 C higher than usual in Arctic Siberia. This played a major role in forest fires, loss of sea ice, and global temperature rises that made 2020 one of the hottest years. 

    WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement “this new Arctic record is one of a series of observations reported to the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes that sound the alarm bells about our changing climates,”

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