China News Service, July 27. According to Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” quoting the Norwegian Institute of Meteorology, on the 25th local time, the temperature in the Norwegian Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Circle reached 21.7 degrees Celsius, a record high.

Data map: The Arctic Circle in Norway. Image source: ICphoto

  According to reports, meteorologists from the institute said that on the 24th and 25th, Svalbard Islands experienced high temperatures of 21.2 degrees Celsius in the afternoon for two consecutive days. By 18:00 local time on the 25th, the temperature rose to 21.7. Celsius.

  According to reports, this is the highest temperature ever recorded in Longyearbyen, the capital of the Svalbard Islands, which is 0.4 degrees Celsius higher than the highest value in 1979.

  According to reports, July is the hottest month in the Arctic Circle, but at this time in previous years, the temperature in the Svalbard Islands was generally only between 5 and 8 degrees Celsius. Studies have shown that the rate of climate warming in the Arctic Circle is twice that of other parts of the earth.

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  As early as February 2019, the Norwegian Climate Research Center issued a report showing that between 1971 and 2017, the average temperature in the Svalbard Islands rose by 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. The report also said that if global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the average temperature of the region may rise by 7 to 10 degrees Celsius between 2070 and 2100.

  The center pointed out that rising temperatures may cause the frozen ground that supports buildings, roads and airports to thaw, and cause more avalanches and landslides. At the same time, climate warming will also pose a threat to Arctic wildlife such as polar bears and seals.