Temperature hits 100 F degrees in Arctic Russian town
MOSCOW (AP) - A Siberian city with the world's largest temperature range has reached a new high amid a heat wave that contributes to severe forest fires.
According to Pogoda i Klimat, a website that compiles Russian weather data, the temperature in Verkhoyansk on Saturday was 38 degrees Celsius.
The city is located above the Arctic Circle in the Republic of Sacha, about 4,660 kilometers northeast of Moscow.
The city of around 1,300 inhabitants is recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range with a low of minus 68 degrees Celsius and an earlier high of 37.2 degrees Celsius.
Much of Siberia had unusually high temperatures this year, leading to significant forest fires.
Avialesokhrana, the government agency monitoring forest fires, burns more than 275,000 hectares (680,000 acres) in the Republic of Sakha.
An earlier version of this story has been corrected to relate the temperature display to a website that is collecting data, not the Russian meteorological service.
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