Temperature record in Siberia

Temperature record in Siberia

100 degrees Fahrenheit! 

Eastern Siberian town 

shatters record for hottest-

ever temperature inside 

Arctic Circle


20 June, 2020

The small town of Verkhoyansk, home to 1,000 people in Russia’s Yakutia region, broke the record on Saturday for the highest temperature ever recorded within the Arctic Circle, hitting a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius.

Verkhoyansk already held the record for the place with the greatest temperature range on Earth. Prior to today, temperatures in the small town have ranged between -68 and +37 degrees Celsius – a 105-degree difference. In Fahrenheit, that’s between -90 and +98. 

Etienne Kapikian@EKMeteo

🔥 T°max de 38.0°C à , orientale (67.55°N), ce 20 juin.

Si cette valeur est correcte, ce serait non seulement un record absolu à la station (37.3°C, 25/07/1988) mais aussi la température la plus élevée jamais observée au nord du cercle polaire !

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In July, the average high daily temperature is 19.9 degrees Celsius – much lower than Saturday’s sweltering 38.

The record-shattering heat was shared far and wide on social media, most prominently by Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg


Verhojansk north of the Arctic Circle in Siberia recorded +38°C today… https://twitter.com/mikarantane/status/1274279541075312640 …

Mika Rantanen@mikarantane

Verhojansk, a Russian town in East Siberia known for its exceptionally cold winters, just broke its all-time heat record with a whopping 38.0°C (100.4°F)! Records kept since 1885.#ArcticHeatwave

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Verkhoyansk is 4,700km east of Moscow and is located on the Yana River in Yakutia. The largest region of Russia, Yakutia is home to many different local ethnic groups. In winter, those living in Verkhoyansk often face days of below -50 degrees Celsius.

Traveling from Moscow, a trip to the town would take almost two days, involving multiple flights. In 2014, Business Insider called it “the most miserable place on Earth.” 

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