Norway’s Arctic archipelago Svalbard on Saturday recorded its highest-ever temperature, the country’s meteorological institute reported.
According to scientific study, global warming in the Arctic is happening twice as fast as for the rest of the planet.
For the second day in a row, the archipelago registered 21.2 degrees Celsius in the afternoon, just under the 21.3 degrees recorded in 1979, meteorologist Kristen Gislefoss told AFP.
Later in the afternoon however, at around 6:00 pm local time, it recorded 21.7 degrees, setting a new all-time record.
The island group, dominated by Spitzbergen the only inhabited isle in the northern Norway archipelago, sits 1,000 kilometers from the North Pole.
The relative heatwave, expected to last until Monday, is a huge spike of normal temperatures in July, the hottest month in the Arctic.
The Svalbard islands would normally expect to be seeing temperatures of 5-8 degrees Celsius at this time of year.
The region has seen temperatures five degrees above normal since January, peaking at 38 degrees in Siberia in mid-July, just beyond the Arctic Circle.