Record High Temperatures in Northernmost Arctic Human Settlements

While the Siberian heatwave drove large wildfires in July, other parts of the Arctic also saw record-breaking temperatures. On July 25, the town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, an archipelago in the Norwegian High Arctic saw temperatures reach 21.7°C, breaking the previous record by 0.4°C; with daily temperatures exceeding 20°C for four days in a row. On July 26th, the Eureka station in Nunavut, located at 80°N experienced 21.9°C, which may be the highest temperature ever recorded so far north on Earth. This heatwave is expected to linger in northern Canada and Siberia, which might bring another set of record-breaking temperatures. Svalbard currently appears to be the fastest-warming region on Earth.

Compiled by Amy Imdieke