The fastest warming of the Russian Arctic was detected in spring

The Russian port town of Dikson – the world’s northernmost town on the mainland – on the shore of the Kara Sea. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

By Elizaveta Vereykina 

Temperatures have been rising steadily for decades.

The Russian Arctic particularly experiences rapid warming in spring, when the temperature rises by an average of 0.91 degrees every 10 years, the Russian state news agency TASS reports citing the data provided by The Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, (Roshydromet).

Meanwhile, Russian researchers underline that the increase in average annual temperature has been observed in the Arctic since the 1970s in all seasons:

“The fastest warming was observed in spring (0.91 degrees / 10 years). In autumn, warming stopped between 2010-2015,” TASS quotes the 2023 research documents.

It is noted that during observations from 1976 to 2023, maximum warming occurred in the eastern part of the Russian Arctic: 0.80 degrees in 10 years and Siberia – 0.74 degrees in 10 years. Overall, the TASS reports, the Russian Arctic has recorded a warming of 0.70 degrees every 10 years.

Earlier this year, the spring of 2024 in the Russian North was registered as the warmest in the history of weather observations, the Hydrometeorological Centre of Russia reported.

The Norwegian Arctic has also seen the fastest temperature rise of any region.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Be wary of thin ice amid mild weather conditions, says hunter in Fort Smith, N.W.T., CBC News

Finland: Finland’s weather seesaws through April, with coldest temperature posted in Lapland, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Hot days in Sweden extending further north, Radio Sweden

United States: Arctic weather satellite leaving Europe for June launch in U.S., Eye on the Arctic

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