Siberia, synonymous with cold snaps, is experiencing a “once in 80,000 years” heat. According tomedia reports, due to the continued high temperature and dry, the Siberian region has been more than 300 forest fires this year, burned forest area of more than 1,400 square kilometers. Siberia is experiencing “80,000 years of high temperatures” that could melt permafrost, leading to a series of geological disasters, Russia and the European Union have published a study.
In fact, in June, Siberia entered “barbecue mode”. Russia’s coldest city, the “ice city” Yakutsk, is in the belly of the Siberian continent, where temperatures often drop to minus 60 degrees Celsius in winter, and this summer, ice cream by the window soon melts.
From January to May this year, the average temperature in Siberia was about 8 degrees Celsius above the previous average, according to research institutions.
The small town of Assk, in the Arctic Circle, had extreme lying temperatures of -68C at its coldest time, and on June 20th it was measured at a temperature of 38C. Temperatures in other parts of Russia are also higher than in previous years.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the World Meteorological Organization are both predicting the hottest summer on record this year.