GREENLAND TEMP 75 DEGREES F, 31 F HIGHER THAN AVERAGE

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15 june 2016

Greenland was hotter than New York City last week

By Katie Herzog, Grist, on Jun 15, 2016

Greenland, the Arctic nation that is basically one huge ice cube, is feeling rather balmy lately.

The island experienced the highest temperatures ever recorded on June 9, when air temperature in Nuuk, the capital city, soared to 75 degrees F. While that may seem like no sweat, the average high for this time of year between 1961 and 1990 was just 44 degrees F, and even Greenland’s hottest month rarely broke 50.

But that was then. That record-breaking day in June was hotter in Nuuk than it was in New York City, while a heat wave in April saw warmer weather in Greenland than in Boston.

All this hot air caused Greenland’s sea ice, which is the size of Texas, to begin thawing nearly six weeks before normal this year.

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