The UN Declared That Warm Weather In Siberia Contributed To The Spread Of Fires In The Arctic
A long period of heat in Siberia contributed to the spread of wildfires in the Arctic. This fact was highlighted at a briefing in Geneva on Friday by Claire Nullis, an official representative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialized Agency of the United Nations.
"The exceptional and prolonged heat in Siberia contributed to the devastating Arctic fires, "she said, explaining that"the temperature in Siberia from January to June was 5 degrees Celsius above average, and in June it was 10 degrees above average."
According to Nullis, the prolonged heat is due to the presence of an "extensive blocking pressure system and a steady northward flow" of air masses, which results in warm air entering the region. "However, such exceptional heat would almost be impossible without the impact of human-induced climate change," the official said, referring to the findings of climate scientists who recently published a report on this topic.
As Nullis noted, for the second year in a row, severe wildfires were observed in the depths of the Arctic zone. According to satellite images, the fire front is now less than 8 km from the Arctic ocean.