Event Report

Base data

Event code CC-HEW/01051/RUS
Main category Climate Change
Sub category heat waves
Event date (UTC) Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:50:25 +0000
Last update (UTC) Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:03:28 +0000


Continent Asia
Country Russia
Administration area Sakha Republic
Settlement Verkhoyansk
Exact location
Open Location Code: 9QVMG9RP+V2
Size of affected area Multi-counties event
Additional events None or not detected.

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Urgency Past
Certainty Observed
Severity Extreme
Category Met

Event details

A north-eastern Siberian town looks to have set a record for the highest temperature ever documented in the Arctic Circle. The temperature in Verkhoyansk, about 4,660 kilometers northeast of Moscow, hit 38 degrees Celsius on Saturday, according to Russia-based meteorological website Pogoda I Klimat. If verified, the reading – 18 degrees warmer than the average June high temperature of 20 degrees - would be the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic. Verkhoyansk, which has about 1,300 residents, is recognized by Guinness World Records as having the world’s widest temperature range, with a previously recorded low of -68 degrees and a previous high of 37.2 degrees It comes amid a heatwave in the Arctic, a region that scientists say is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the globe due to climate change. Much of Siberia this year has experienced unseasonably high temperatures, accelerating the melting of ice and started the wildfire season unusually early. It’s also contributed to permafrost melt, which is believed to have led to a major oil spill. The oil spill in Norilsk, thought to be the worst in the Russian Arctic’s history, has leaked at least 20,000 tons of fuel into the nearby Ambarnaya River. In May, western Siberia averaged temperatures 10 degrees above normal, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Situation update

Temperatures are soaring across the United States, but elsewhere, one unexpected area that is also suffering a heatwave is the Russian region of Siberia in the Arctic Circle. Temperatures there have been hitting over 100°F in recent weeks, and it’s causing a lot of problems. It certainly has been a strange summer for the citizens of Verkhoyansk in Siberia. The town is about 400 miles further north than Anchorage, Alaska to give you an idea of how remote and far north it is. But this heatwave is not only hitting them there, above the Arctic Circle, but it’s also taking place across the entire region, and it has been going on for several months now. It’s worth noting that the World Meteorological Association said that may of this year was the hottest May on record and climate scientists, in general, have said that the Arctic region is warming at a faster pace than the rest of the world. Now we’re really, really seeing the impacts of that in Russia this summer. Just last month, melting permafrost in a different part of Siberia whittled away at the foundations of a large diesel fuel storage tank in Siberia, causing it to collapse, spilling 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the Arctic wild. It’s one of Russia’s largest-ever fuel spills, and they’re still struggling to clean it up. But for sure, the most disturbing trend we are seeing this year from these heat waves is the wildfire spread. Every year, Russia, especially in Siberia, sees wildfires, but this heatwave is actually driving them at a faster pace this year, at about five times their normal levels. The good news, however, is that Russia’s Forestry Ministry said that we may now be at the peak of the wildfire spread. But it’s still only July, and it’s still not clear when this historic heatwave is going to break.
A Siberian town with the world's widest temperature range has recorded a new high amid a heatwave that is contributing to severe forest fires. The temperature in Verkhoyansk hit 38 C 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 4,660 kilometers northeast of Moscow. The town of about 1,300 residents is recognized by Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range, with a low of -68 C to a previous high of 37.2 C. Much of Siberia this year has had unseasonably high temperatures, leading to sizeable wildfires. In the Sakha Republic, more than 275,000 hectares are burning, according to Avialesokhrana, the government agency that monitors forest fires.


Number of dead: 0 person(s)
Number of injured: 0 person(s)
Number of Affected: 0 person(s)
Number of Rescued/evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Missing: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)

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[Climate Change - heat waves]

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