Siberian town basks in 38C temperatures – highest ever recorded in Arctic Circle

A town in Siberia has reportedly recorded a temperature of 38C – the hottest ever recorded above the Arctic Circle if verified.

The reading was taken in Verkhoyansk – a town of 1,300 residents approximately 3,000 miles east of Moscow – on Saturday, June 20.

Verkhoyansk has fought over the title of the coldest village in the world with Oymyakon, an area to the south-east of the town.

However, it holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest temperature range on Earth, from a staggering -67.8C in winter 37.3C in summer.

Siberia also recorded its hottest May on record, with average temperatures soaring 10C higher than the May average from 1979 to 2019, according to a report from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

In 2010, a high of 38.C was recorded in the region of Yakutia.

However, this was significantly further south in its capital Yakutsk.

The unusually scorching conditions are having an adverse effect on the region, with wildfires running rampant.

East of Verkhoyansk in the Abyysky district of Yakutia, residents pleaded for help.

One said: “Please pay attention to our northern district. Wildfires are surrounding villages of Suturuokha and Belaya Gora, they are close to oil terminal.

Siberian town basks in 38C temperatures – highest ever recorded in Arctic Circle

“I am really scared for my relatives.”

The average heat across Russia from January to May so matched temperature predictions designed for 2100.

Recent conditions have been caused by weather patterns and man-made climate change, with the sweltering heat set to last for at least the next week.

Owing to heat-trapping greenhouse gases, the Arctic is warming at a dramatically increased rate.

As ice melts, less light is reflected and more is absorbed, heating the area.