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Norilsk breaks records for Arctic heat in a new sign of changing weather patterns

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 July 2013

Recent days have seen Siberia's nickel capital hotter than Nice and on a par with Naples.

Norilsk - above the Arctic Circle - is known as one of the world's coldest cites, and is built on permafrost. Sunbathing picture was taken around lake Baikal, The Siberian Times 

Norilsk has hit 32C in recent days with some forecasts predicting a blistering 35C by the weekend as the Arctic competes with the Mediterranean. The tundra turned hot as the Kransnoyarsk region industrial city - where foreigners are restricted from visiting - smashed records for heat established in 1979.

The average temperature in July is 13.6 but the mercury was touching 32C, a long way from the coldest-ever recorded temperature of minus 61C.

The previous hottest was 31.9C, more than three decades ago.

'I've never worn a bikini before in Norilsk, just to top up my tan', said Polina, 21, a student. 

The hot spell is likely to last at least until 26 July, say forecasters. 

Norilsk - above the Arctic Circle - is known as one of the world's coldest cites, and is built on permafrost. Frosty weather is a reality for 280 days a year. In summer time, average air temperatures are 14.6 degrees, before this year when Norilk finds itself in the furnace. 

Comments (17)

if you know anything about climate change, i mean anything…. like you finished 4th grade science you would know that as a result of climate change higher pressure systems become stronger and so too lower pressure systems (but not as frequent). that's why we had our hottest ever July date in sydney yesterday 26 degrees….. in the middle of winter but some places are experiencing snow more often than ever before. but the general direction is up, up and up. we've had two of our hottest months ever in australia in the last year.
jim richards, sydney australia
01/08/2014 06:05
The girls look fine, the beach looks awful. Perhaps they should try some Aussie beaches.
John, Australia
29/07/2013 09:21
Lake Baikal is quite a bit more than a little south of Norilsk. About the same as writing about Detroit and showing a picture of Florida.
Dude, Dude Town
28/07/2013 22:31
And yesterday, we set a record for the lowest high temperature ever on July 27 - 76F. Has been the most pleasant, coolest summer here in the heart of the US that I can remember.
Bill W - St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
28/07/2013 22:30
Ahhhh! Skin!
John, USA
28/07/2013 19:03
Russian women are pretty. It's the Viking blood.
D.B. Wells, Loveland, USA
28/07/2013 18:32
I see some burning flesh
Bandit, Boston MA
28/07/2013 18:16
fla, oradea, romania
28/07/2013 14:21
Does anyone notice anything unusual about the first girls top?... like it's not fasten and her breast and nipple are exposed.
tim, usa
28/07/2013 09:16
so what your saying is that it was .1C of a degree hotter yesterday than it was 30 years ago. - .1C of a degree .so it was just as hot today as it was 30 years ago. This what you just told me. As for your bikini girl she wash;t around 30 years ago to ware it. Oh yeah 1979 really wash;t very long ago was it. Possibly we should keep records for a little longer
Mic Rumley, Tasmania
28/07/2013 06:30
Uhm, did you not read that foreigners were not allowed in the area? This includes Photographs...
Ron, USA
28/07/2013 05:07
Meanwhile in Brazil... - Southern Brazil blanketed by snow — a sight not seen in 38 years | Latina Lista | 23.VII.2013 |
Neyton Araki, Brazil
28/07/2013 03:00
Depois dizem que o Brasil que e quente.
Willian, Brasil
28/07/2013 00:20
I want to live in siberia, but I need to find a beautiful wife. Any women interested to marry me?, sao paulo / brasil
27/07/2013 12:57
@Zeb: I took it that this was exactly what the caption was for, to indicate that the image was not taken in Norilsk)))
Misha, Tyumen
27/07/2013 12:14

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