The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk — one of the coldest places on Earth — has hit a record high temperature this week, hitting 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Public weather data found that the small town has a record high temperature, the latest hot weather to hit the town, which has become “one of the fastest-warming places in the world,” according to CNN.
- Siberia sees major changes in temperatures every month, CNN reports. But high temperatures like the current amount don’t usually happen for as long.
- Average temperatures are around 68 degrees F. In Siberia, temperatures have been above average since 2019.
- Verkhoyansk can become one of the world’s coldest towns during the winter months, hitting minus 90.
- The data is still unconfirmed and may not be accurate, per The Washington Post. Researchers are still examining to see if it’s real measurements or not.
Why it matters:
- According to The Washington Post, Siberia has actually made headlines for a number of reasons, other than these cold temperature readings.
- “In 2020, Siberia has stood out for its above-extreme temperatures, which have accelerated the melting of snow and ice; contributed to permafrost melt, which led to a major oil spill; and have gotten the Siberian wildfire season off to an unusually early and severe start.”