An extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented heat wave has persisted through July in the central arctic region of Russia, reports Christopher Burt at Wunderground.com. Some locations have now endured 10 consecutive days above 86°F. Wildfires are erupting in the taiga forests, as can be seen on NASA satellite pictures. The maximum daily temperatures of the Siberian Arctic city of Norilsk, the most northerly city in the world, had cooled down a little by July 23rd, but that day enjoyed its warmest night so far with a low of 68.4°F. Another Siberian Arctic city, Svetlogorsk, had endured an astonishing 10 consecutive days above 86°F as of July 23rd and had a run of three consecutive days above 90°F. The prolonged heat wave is the result of an amazingly intense and prolonged heat dome that has centered itself over north central Siberia. The anomalous temperature heights are way above normal.
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