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El gráfico muestra la extensión del hielo marino del Ártico en julio 2020 y lecturas de temperaturas recientes en la región.


Calor extremo en el Ártico afecta el hielo marino

July 28, 2020 - Una oleada de calor excepcional se ha propagado por el Círculo Ártico, desencadenando altas temperaturas récord y poniendo a la región en vías de registrar la menor cobertura histórica de hielo marino en 2020.

The Arctic is heating more than twice as fast as the global average, impacting local populations and ecosystems and with global repercussions, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said.

WMO previously cited a reading of 38°C in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on June 20, which the agency has been seeking to verify as a possible record-high temperature in the Arctic Circle. It comes as fires have swept through the region, with satellite imagery showing the breadth of the area surface.

The agency says the extended heat is linked to a large “blocking pressure system” and northward swing of the jet stream that has injected warm air into the region. But WMO also pointed to a recent study by top climate scientists who found that such a rise in heat would have been nearly impossible without human-caused climate change.

WMO said information collected by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre and the U.S. National Ice Centre showed the Siberian heatwave had “accelerated the ice retreat along the Arctic Russian coast, in particular since late June, leading to very low sea ice extent in the Laptev and Barents Seas.”

PUBLISHED: 28/07/2020; STORY: Graphic News