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Record warmth hits the Arctic


Paulina Keber
Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 11:55 AM -

Nunavut has had an overall warm summer, but this past week has been extremely hot. In fact, this week has been record setting across the north. 

Environment Canada issued a weather statement August 12. 

“A warm air mass has made its way eastward across the Arctic, And has brought some record temperatures to portions of Kivalliq,” the statement read. 

In Kugluktuk, Nunavut, record breaking temperatures have been set for the past six days. In fact, on August 11 Kugluktuk beat a record high set back in 1933 by over five degrees. 

“A blocking high in the jetstream, which has been anchored in place has helped to bring this extremely warm air to the north,” explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. 

Kugluktuk is not the only place in the north that is experiencing these hot temperatures. On Monday, Baker Lake and Coral Harbour both set new daily high record temperatures. 26.7 was the record temperature for Baker, beating out the last record set in 2007. Coral Harbour on the other hand beat the record high set in 1966 by about two degrees, averaging 22 degrees Celsius. 

Nunavut will see some relief from the hot temperatures as the pattern begins to change later this week

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