Siberia hit by an exceptional heat wave



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Siberia hit by an exceptional heat wave

Siberia is experiencing a heat wave of exceptional values, for the averages for the period. There have been dozens of heat waves. The worst came on Saturday, when temperatures reached a record 37.9 degrees Celsius (100.2 Fahrenheit) in Yalturovosk.
The situation looks set to get worse.

In fact, considering that we are only at the beginning of June, the hypothesis that we can reach 40 degrees is realistic. In fact, signs of rising temperatures had already been there since 2020. The peak of 38 degrees that reached the arctic city of Verkhoyansk would have been almost impossible without man-made climate change.

Siberia is a territory that tends towards monthly and annual temperature fluctuations, but in recent years they are increasingly oriented towards heat. One of the most immediate consequences of record heatwaves is the risk of fires.

Even in the deep North, the fires connected to this phenomenon are more and more frequent.
It was the warmest day in the city's history, according to climatologist Maximiliano Herrera, who monitors extreme temperatures around the world.

Considering that Siberia has had temperature monitoring stations in operation for more than seventy years, this figure is even more alarming. Herrera on Twitter, said it's the worst heat wave in the region's history.

Siberia hit by an exceptional heat wave

Although fires are a rather rare phenomenon the closer you get to the poles, what is also happening in Canada in recent days is yet another proof of the effects caused by climate change.

On June 7 reached +39.6°C. The values in the neighboring areas are similar, ranging from peaks of +35°C up to +38°C. Although Siberia is subject to significant temperature fluctuations, recent decades have seen a strong warming trend.

The region, along with Canada, has faced large-scale wildfires, and those that hit the Ural Mountains in May even claimed many lives. The heatwave also extended to Central Asia, with Turkmenistan reaching temperatures of +42C in April, a world record for that latitude. Record temperatures above +45°C in China, +43°C in Uzbekistan and +41°C in Kazakhstan.