The Arctic Saw Temperatures Soar above 94 Degrees Fahrenheit in July
You most likely either felt the effects of the hottest July ever recorded, or read about the soaring temperatures.
Unsurprisingly, and most worryingly, a weather station in the Arctic Circle in Sweden recorded July temperatures as high as 94.6 degrees Fahrenheit (or 34.8 degrees Celcius), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
What was the Arctic's weather during July 2019?
The warmest day was recorded in the Arctic Circle on July 26 in the small Swedish town of Markusvinsa.
NOAA climate scientist, Deke Arndt, said that the data recorded had been analyzed and quality controlled by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, and that "they had established that as highest temperature north of the Arctic Circle," for the country.
In contrast, New York City's hottest temperature in July this year was 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celcius).
It wasn't just the typically chilly Swedish Arctic Circle that encountered these hot temperatures.
Alaska also felt the warmer climes, with a massive wildfire breaking out due to the hotter-than-usual weather. The fire and smoke affected Anchorage and Fairbanks in the U.S. State.
Alaskan weather expert, Rick Thoman, explained that the state saw the disappearance of sea ice six to eight weeks earlier than usual, leaving a 125 mile-wide ring of open water around the state.
As the water heats up more quickly than ice, this open water in Alaska has warmed up the ocean's temperatures, which in turn warmed up the land surrounding them, cranking up humidity and causing uncomfortable and unpredictable weather changes.
The hot trend is not solely focused on the Arctic Circle, as NOAA's information pointed out that July was indeed the hottest month ever to have been recorded on Earth, with an increase of 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit (0.95 degrees Celcius).
The upward trend will most likely keep going if climate change is not appropriately addressed. Be ready for some warmer upcoming weather in the coming years.
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