Towns in the Arctic circle are seeing summer high temperatures 30 degrees hotter than normal, and it’s creating perfect conditions for raging wildfires.
In Siberia, a small town north of the Arctic Circle called Verkhoyansk is often one of the coldest places on Earth, frequently dropping below -50 degrees in the winter. On Saturday, a local weather station recorded a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit, the highest temperature on record in the Arctic, and 30 degrees higher than the average in the town in June. Nearby, in other parts of the region, more than 680,000 acres of forest are burning.
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