The temperature in Russia’s Arctic town Verkhoyansk hit 38 degress Celsius on June 20th. The small town, located above the Arctic Circle in the Sakha Republic, recorded a new high temperature amid a heat wav and severe forest fires. The hottest temperature, if accurate, shows the Arctic is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the globe.
The town of about 1,300 residents is recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range, with a low of -68 °C and a previous high of 37.2 °C.Much of Siberia this year has had high temperatures, leading to sizable wildfires. They have accelerated the melting of snow and ice and contributed to permafrost melt. A massive oil spill is also thought to have been caused by melting permafrost.