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Arctic Siberian town hit with record heatwave

Scientists are working to verify the hottest temperature recorded in one of the coldest places on Earth.

The World Meteorological Organization is investigating a record-high temperature for the Arctic after the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk registered a high of 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

The heatwave in the region has been linked to wildfires, a diesel spill and a surge in insects.


Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis reports.