Record-breaking heat over Svalbard (Arctic Norway), reaching almost +22 °C

27.07.2020

The boiling Arctic. This time, record heat was reported from Svalbard (Norway) which sets its all-time heat record this Saturday, July 25th. The airport in Longyearbyen reported the maximum temperature of +21.7 °C. That is the highest temperature ever recorded at the station, breaking its previous record set it 1979!

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The islands of the group range from 74° to 81° north latitude, and from 10° to 35° east longitude. So around thousand kilometers from the North Pole, deep in the Arctic circle. Its administrative center, the town of Longyearbyen, is located at 78.2 ° North.

A 41-year-old heat record has been broken in Longyearbyen between 5 and 6 pm on Saturday. Weather station reported an unprecedented peak temperature of +21.7 degrees Celcius. Therefore, this was 0.4 degrees C above the previous record set on July 16th, 1979. (Severe Weather Europe)