Temperature hits 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Arctic Russian town

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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.

A global map showing places that are warmer (red) or cooler (blue) in May 2020 based on long-term averages. Much of Russia has seen above-normal temperatures since May.

A global map showing places that are warmer (red) or cooler (blue) in May 2020 based on long-term averages. Much of Russia has seen above-normal temperatures since May.
(MODIS/NEO/NASA)

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.



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