MOSCOW – A Siberian town with the world’s widest temperature range has recorded a new high amid a heat wave that is contributing to severe forest fires.
The temperature in Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, according to Pogoda i Klimat, a website that compiles Russian meteorological data.
The town is located above the Arctic Circle in the Sakha Republic, about 2,900 miles northeast of Moscow.
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The town of about 1,300 residents is recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range, with a low of minus-90 degrees Fahrenheit and a previous high of 98.96 degrees.
Much of Siberia this year has had unseasonably high temperatures, leading to sizable wildfires.
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In the Sakha Republic, more than 680,000 acres are burning, according to Avialesokhrana, the government agency that monitors forest fires.