Warm weather in Nordic countries: mercury nears 35 °C in the Arctic

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After the hottest June on record in many regions of Finland and Sweden, temperatures have reached an all-time record in Europe’s far north since Sunday, with thermometers pointing between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius.

In Kevo, in the far north of Finland, a new heat record was set at 33.5 °C on Sunday, the warmest temperature recorded in this part of the country since the 1914 record of 34.7 °C, according to the STT agency.

Nationally, June was the warmest month on record since measurements began in 1844, according to the National Institute of Meteorology, with an average temperature of 16.5 °C, eroding the 1950 record.

In neighboring Sweden, the hottest ever recorded was in Stockholm (19.3 °C on average), eroding the record for June 2018 and again 2019. “Are we seeing a trend? Well, maybe still a coincidence,” quipped Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.

Nationally, June 2021 was the third warmest on record. In Norway, the Institute of Meteorology recorded 34 degrees Celsius in Saltdal, a county near the Arctic Circle, on Sunday, the highest temperature recorded in the entire country this year. This is 1.6 degrees Celsius below the country’s all-time high.

“Tropical nights”, meaning that the thermometer does not drop below 20 °C, have also been recorded at several places in the state. The summer of 2021 is already marked by an absolute record heat in Canada, reaching 50 °C in the shadows under the influence of the “heat dome”.

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According to a report released in May, the Arctic is warming three times faster than the planet, warming up more and more rapidly than previously measured thermally.

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