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It's 90 Freaking Degrees (30C) In The Arctic Circle This Week

It's 90 Freaking Degrees (30C) In The Arctic Circle This Week

Scorching 90F (30C) temperatures in the Arctic Circle reported this week.

On the top of the globe, in the land of polar bears, and melting sea ice, lies the Arctic Circle and this week it hit 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature was reported in Banak Norway on July 30th, although some Norwegian areas reached even higher temperatures. Banak is located on the north side of Europe, over 350 miles above the bottom edge of the Arctic Circle.

Europe Arctic Circle
Extreme heat anomalies are shown in dark red atop northern Europe
(IMAGE: CLIMATE )REANALYZER/UNIVERSITY OF MAINE/CLIMATE CHANGE INSTITUTE

It's not just the Arctic circle that is being scorched by high temperatures, Europe and the northern hemisphere in general repeatedly seeing both record and near-record high temperatures this summer, thanks to rising global temperatures.

Over the past 40 years, the Earth's climate has been warming up quickly. This adds another level to the background warming of hot spells, which creates heatwaves that are much more extreme - according to climate scientists. Seeing this heat in the Arctic circle really proves these statements.

Water Arctic
A photo of Scandinavians enjoying the river while reindeer - cold-adapted mammals - cooled off in the water with them, really shows just how hot it is up there right now

The summer in Banak is very short, lasting around only three months, but the warmest day of the year, which is around July 23rd, is usually only 16 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit), which is half of the current temperature. Overall the temperatures in northern Europe are between 8 to 13 degrees Celsius (14 to 21 degrees Fahrenheit) above average right now.

Records have been set and broken, with the all-time high-temperature record set in both Norway and Finland on July 30th. Temperatures have been extreme or near-record across the entire regions.

The heat and dryness have changed the landscapes of these countries, transforming them into brown and yellow lands. The heat is due to continue. Currently, the UK's MET Office forecasts temperatures that may break Europe's all-time heat record of 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit), by the end of the week.

It's not just Europe that is suffering either, extreme heat has affected the whole planet, with increased wildfire activity in the western part of the USA.