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Steaming Svalbard

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Recently, Norway's Arctic Archipelago Svalbard recorded its highest-ever temperature, the country's meteorological institute reported.

For the second day in a row, the archipelago registered a whopping 21.2° Celsius (70.2 Fahrenheit) in the afternoon, just under the 21.3° Celsius recorded back in 1979.

Later in the afternoon however, at around 6:00 pm local time, it recorded 21.7° Celsius, setting a new all-time record.

The island group, dominated by Spitzbergen the only inhabited isle in the northern Norway archipelago, sits 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from the North Pole.

The relative heatwave is a huge spike of normal temperatures in July, the hottest month in the Arctic.

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