Siberian temperatures hit June record, fire spread: EU data

Siberian temperatures hit June record, fire spread: EU data

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Geneva / Moscow: Temperatures in Arctic Siberia have risen to a record average for June, stopping some of the summer’s worst wilderness the region has ever known, the European Union (EU) showed on Tuesday .
Global temperatures last month were on par with the 2019 record, and “extraordinary heat” was recorded above Arctic Siberia, the EU’s Earth observation program Copernicus said, a trend scientists have been calling a “warning cry”.
The average temperature in the region was over 5 degrees Celsius (about 9 degrees Fahrenheit) which was higher than normal and one degree higher than the previous two hottest June in 2018 and 2019.
The World Meteorological Organization is also seeking confirmation of reports of temperatures of more than 100 ° F (38 ° C) in Siberia, which would be the highest temperature recorded north of the Arctic Circle.
“It’s worrying that the Arctic is heating up faster than the rest of the world,” said Carlo Boontempo, director of Copernicus Climate Change Service.
The extraordinary heat has stripped moisture from the Earth in the region’s vast boreal forests and tundra, which intensified since mid-June.
The Russian Forestry Agency said that, as of 6 July, there were 246 wildfires on 140,073 hectares and a state of emergency was declared in seven areas. Russian state TV footage this week showed planes submerged in water near huge columns of white smoke.
Copernicus says that the fire surpassed the number of records seen in the area in the same month of last year.
“High temperatures and drying surface conditions are providing the ideal condition for these fires to burn and persist over such a large area for a long time,” said Copernicus senior scientist Mark Parrington.
The EU said that wildfire carbon dioxide emissions from the region last month were estimated at 59 megatonnes, compared to 53 megatonnes last year.


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