38°C: UN­USUAL HEAT­WAVE IN SIBERIA WOR­RIES SCI­EN­TISTS

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT BUSINESS -

MOS­COW: The Arc­tic is fever­ish and on fire - at least parts of it are. And that’s got sci­en­tists wor­ried about what it means for the rest of the world.

The ther­mome­ter hit a likely record of 38 de­grees Cel­sius in the Rus­sian Arc­tic town of Verkhoy­ansk on Satur­day, a tem­per­a­ture that would be a fever for a per­son - but this is Siberia, known for be­ing frozen.

The World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion said on Tues­day that it’s look­ing to ver­ify the tem­per­a­ture read­ing, which would be un­prece­dented for the re­gion north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle.

“The Arc­tic is fig­u­ra­tively and lit­er­ally on fire - it’s warm­ing much faster than we thought it would in re­sponse to ris­ing lev­els of car­bon diox­ide and other green­house gases in the at­mos­phere, and this warm­ing is lead­ing to a rapid melt­down and in­crease in wild­fires,” Uni­ver­sity of Michigan en­vi­ron­men­tal school dean Jonathan Over­peck, a cli­mate sci­en­tist, said.

“The record warm­ing in Siberia is a warn­ing sign of ma­jor pro­por­tions.” AP

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