A record amount of ice cream melted in Greenland on Thursday, as much as 11 billion tonnes, reports CNN on Friday morning. That equals 4.4 million Olympic swimming pools.
The enormous amounts are due to the extremely high temperatures this summer. Although official figures will only be announced on Monday, CNN writes that the global average temperature of July this year is at least equal to the hottest July in history, namely that of 2016.
The Greenland ice sheets usually melt during the summer, starting around the end of May. This year the melting started early in May and the following months, record temperatures were measured by scientists. In July alone, almost 200 billion tons of ice cream has melted.
The high temperatures in Greenland will probably continue for a while. Because the melting season lasts up to and including August, the ice will continue to melt, but probably not with the enormous amounts of recent weeks.
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