GENEVA (AP) – The UN weather agency is investigating media reports suggesting a new record temperature of more than 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Arctic Circle amid a heat wave and protracted wildfires in eastern Siberia.
The World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday that it wants to verify the temperature measurement on Saturday in the Russian city of Verkoyansk with Roshydromet, the Russian Federal Service for Hydro-meteorological and Environmental Monitoring.
Office spokeswoman Clare Nullis said that wildfires in the Russian region and hot summer conditions in July regularly raise temperatures above 30 degrees C (86 F), but they have never been above 38 degrees in the area.
“We take it seriously, but we have to wait for official confirmation,” she told reporters in Geneva.
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