‘Extraordinarily hot’ Arctic temperatures alarm scientists

 A large pool of melt water over ice on top of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. A large pool of melt water over ice on top of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Operation IceBridge/Nasa

Danish and US researchers say warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year. The Arctic is experiencing extraordinarily hot sea surface and air temperatures, which are stopping ice forming and could lead to record lows of sea ice at the north pole next year, according to scientists. Danish and US researchers monitoring satellites and Arctic weather stations are surprised and alarmed by air temperatures peaking at what they say is an unheard-of 20C higher than normal for the time of year. In addition, sea temperatures averaging nearly 4C higher than usual in October and November…Temperatures have been only a few degrees above freezing when -25C should be expected, according to Francis. “These temperatures are literally off the charts for where they should be at this time of year. It is pretty shocking. The Arctic has been breaking records all year. It is exciting but also scary,” she said.

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