European Arctic swelters under tropical temperatures, breaks heat records

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Temperatures reached a record-breaking 33.3 degrees Celsius in Pasvik, in the eastern Norwegian Arctic. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Red-hot Barents region: Record-breaking heat at several locations in northernmost Norway, Finland and Russia Wednesday evening.

Svanhovd environmental center in the Pasvik valley, just on Norway’s border to Russia, measured 33,3 °C at 5 pm. That peaks the old record of 33°C measured at Banak airport in Lakselv on July 22nd, 1988.

Finnmark is Norway’s northermost county.

Also Kevo, in Finland’s northeastern corner set all-time high for Lapland with 33 °C. Inari had 31 °C, while Rovaniemi measured 32 °C.

A number of observatories in Northern Norway peaked over 30 on Wednesday, the weather service yr.no reports on twitter. Alta reported 33°C, Mo i Rana had 32,4 °C, Tysfjord in Nordland county had 33,7 °C and even Båtsfjord, on the normally cold-windy Finnmark’s Barents Sea coast measured 30 °C.

Records nearly broken in Arctic Russia

On Russia’s Kola Peninsula, weather stations recorded 31,7 °C in Murmansk at 3 pm. That is slightly less than the previous record of 32,9 °C measured on July 9th, 1972, regional news online B-Port informs.

Murmansk, world’s largest city above the Arctic Circle. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Teriberka, the small famous fishing village north of Murmansk, measured 26 °C. That’s the same as in Alicante, Spain on Wednesday afternoon.

Entire inner parts of northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula have experienced an exceptional heat over the last 2-3 weeks, and now, also Nordland and Troms on coast to the Norwegian Sea can feel the heat. Bodø, a town just north of the Arctic Circle, could for the first time since measurements started in 1953 see temperature over 30 °C.

Norwegians name nights when the temperature doesn’t drop below 20 °C between Midnight and 8 am as a “tropical night”. @Meteorologene (The Meteorological Institute’s Twitter account) could Thursday morning inform about seven locations in Troms and Finnmark qualifying for “tropical night”. Makkaur fyr far north on the Varanger Peninsula had a minimum temperature of 25,2 °C. The others over 20 °C were Båtsfjord, Alta, Øksfjord, Lyngen and Kirkenes.

The heat wave will continue for some more days, yr.no tells.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Radio Canada International

Finland: Elderly most vulnerable to Finland’s heatwave, YLE News

Norway: Northern Barents Sea warming at alarming speed, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Record heatwave in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Italian water bombers assisting Sweden in fight against spreading wildfires, Radio Sweden

United States: Rapid Arctic warming is increasing the frequency of blizzards in U.S. Northeast: study, Radio Canada International

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Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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