March 21, 2023


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Greenland records incredible temperatures: 20 to 30 degrees above average!

In the capital, Nuuk, the average temperature on December 20 was -5.3 ° C, while in the northern part of Qaanaaq it was 8.3 ° C. The usual temperature is -20.1 C.

“One of the reasons we see high temperatures is the phone weather phenomenon,” a DMI meteorologist told the AFP in an email that a hot breeze was common across the world’s largest island. , Caroline Trost Jensen.

“It’s a bit unusual for this to happen over a large area and for a long time at a time,” he said, as it covers most of the west coast and part of the east coast.

However, according to the meteorologist, these temperatures are not without precedent: neither the absolute records nor the records of the last thirty years for December have been broken.

In the Arctic, global warming is three times faster than anywhere else in the world.

“Global warming underscores the warmest temperatures we’ve seen in Greenland, and they are generally higher (…) than in the past,” said Trost Jensen.

During the summer, a heat wave with temperatures above ten degrees Celsius caused the “big” melting of ice sheets in Greenland.

Eight billion tons of snow loss every day, more than double the average rate in the summer.

On August 14, at another dangerous signal, it also rained at the summit of Greenland’s highest point (3,216 meters), never seen before.

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