Siberia reports record-breaking temperatures

Siberia, known for its harsh cold climate, has reported record-breaking temperatures as the Russian region is currently amidst the “worst heat wave in history”. On June 3, temperatures reached 37.9 degrees Celsius in Jalturovosk, its hottest day in Siberia’s history, climatologist Maximiliano Herrera told CNN on Thursday. Several all-time heat records were also broken on Wednesday, including in Baevo, which reached 39.6 degrees and Barnaul, which hit 38.5 degrees. Some of these stations have between five and seven decades of temperature recordings, Herrera told CNN. “So we can say it’s really exceptional. It’s the region’s ‘worst heat wave in history’,” he added. “Records keep falling today (Thursday) with again temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius,” Herrera told CNN. An intense and prolonged heat wave in 2020, which saw the Arctic Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hit 38 Celsius, would have been “almost impossible” without human-caused climate change, according to an analysis by a team of international scientists.