Climate: the mercury is close to 35 ° C in the Arctic


Under the effect of global warming, Norway, Finland and Sweden are experiencing heatstroke on an unprecedented scale.

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After the hottest month of June on record in Finland and in several regions in Sweden, temperatures have since Sunday 4 July border absolute records in the Far North of Europe, with a thermometer showing between 30 and 35 ° C. According to a report released in May, the Arctic is warming three times faster than the planet, a thermometer surge faster than previously thought and which is far from over due to climate change.

In Kevo, in the far north of Finland, a new heat record was measured at 33.5 ° C on Sunday, the hottest temperature recorded in this part of the country since the record of 34.7 ° C in 1914, according to the STT agency. Nationally, June was the warmest month on record since measurements began in 1844, with an average temperature of 16.5 ° C erasing a 1950s record, according to the National Meteorological Institute.

In neighboring Sweden, June was again the hottest on record in Stockholm (19.3 ° C on average), erasing the records of 2018 and then of 2019. “Do we notice a trend? Well, probably another coincidence”, joked on Twitter Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Nationally, June 2021 was the third hottest on record.

In Norway, the meteorological institute on Sunday recorded 34 ° C in Saltdal, in a county near the Arctic Circle, the highest temperature recorded in the whole country this year. That’s 1.6 ° C lower than the country’s all-time high. Of “tropical nights”, meaning that the thermometer does not drop below 20 ° C, were also recorded in several places of the kingdom. The summer of 2021 has already been marked by an absolute record of heat in Canada, approaching 50 ° C in the shade, under the effect of a “heat dome”.



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