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UN Confirms Record Breaking High Temperatures Around the World

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UN Confirms Record Breaking High Temperatures Around the World

UN Confirms Record Breaking High Temperatures Around the World

UN Confirms , Record Breaking High Temperatures , Around the World.

NPR reports that the United Nations confirmed the Arctic hit a new record high temperature over the summer, reaching over 100F.

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In a December 14 statement, the World Meteorological Organization called the record high temperature reading , "more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic.".

According to NPR, the reading was taken in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on June 20, 2020.

The temperature was reached amid a Siberian heatwave which saw the region reach above-normal temperatures.

This new Arctic record is one of a series of observations reported to the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes that sound the alarm bells about our changing climate.

, Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, via NPR.

In 2020, there was also a new temperature record (18.3°C) for the Antarctic continent, Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, via NPR.

According to the WMO, the Arctic region, "is among the fastest-warming regions in the world.".

Due to the unprecedented temperatures, the WMO had to add a new climate category to its database for , "highest recorded temperature at or north of 66.5⁰, the Arctic Circle." .

The new Arctic record was only one of many record-breaking high temperatures reached in 2020 and 2021.

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The island of Sicily broke the record high in Europe, reaching 119.8F.

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While one of the world's hottest locations, California's Death Valley, reached a scorching 129.9F.


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