Temperatures in Siberia Reached Unprecedented 35°C/95°F in May 2020 Due to Climate Change

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Siberia is in the throes of a heat wave that would be considered warm even by the standards of those living outside the Arctic Circle.

In Washington, for example, the temperature has been stuck in the 60s all week, reaching a maximum of 73 degrees Thursday. Yet several stations in North Central Siberia, including areas near or above the Arctic Circle, are seeing temperatures climb well into the 80s.



On Friday, the town of Khatanga, Siberia, located well north of the Arctic Circle, recorded a temperature of 78 degrees (25°C) some 46 degrees above normal. The typical maximum temperature for the day at that location is 32 degrees. The town obliterated its previous record high for the date of 54 by some 24 degrees and its monthly record of 68 by about 10 degrees.

The Siberian warmth in May is not a fluke event, either; instead, it’s been a consistent feature since the winter. Temperature departures from average in Europe and Asia have helped push global average surface temperatures to record highs this year, and on global temperature maps, these regions stand out as splotches of crimson red.



The warmth in Siberia is already having repercussions on Arctic ecosystems, with unusually large Siberian wildfires already burning this year, snow cover plummeting unusually quickly and sea ice cover in areas such as the Kara Sea, which lies to the north of Central Siberia, at a record low for the date, having begun its seasonal melt more than a month earlier than is typical.

 

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Yes, we had shocking temperatures of 37°C /98.6°F in the beginning of May meterologists went on TV and said they were shocked and have never seen such intense persistent heat in early spring.

Combined with high humidity and high atmospheric C02 you can easily pass out if you stand too much outside.

Temperatures of 37°C /98.6°F are not unheard of in Bulgaria and happen almost every year in July but have never been recoreded in May.

We are quietly setting temperature records here every month and every year but it is no longer even news to the outside world.

Siberia however is a vast region and important for planetary health. Rising temperatures there caused the devastating
2019 Siberian wildfires which burnt over 2,600,000 hectares of forest.
 

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That's shocking - both Siberia, and Bulgaria for so early in the year. The Siberian hotspot is huge, and the worst possible place in terms of methane emissions and therefore a vicious circle of heating. And I see another hotspot over West Antarctica too.
Here in the UK, it's been consistently warm sunny and dry since early March, though no record-breaking temperatures s far.
 
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