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Warming Greenland sets new temperature record

A bright meltwater pond forms on the ice of the Greenlandic ice sheet in this July 2010 shot. Although this is a common summertime phenomenon in the Arctic summer, average temperatures have been increasing. PHOTO: NASA Earth Observatory.

A bright meltwater pond forms on the ice of the Greenlandic ice sheet in this July 2010 shot. Although this is a common summertime phenomenon in the Arctic summer, average temperatures have been increasing. PHOTO: NASA Earth Observatory.


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 10:25 AM -

At 25.9C, the village of Maniitsoq in Greenland was actually hotter than Toronto on July 30 -- a new record for the large Arctic island.

It's the hottest temperature recorded anywhere in Greenland since records began in 1958. The same day, Toronto's high was only 25.1C (admittedly slightly below the seasonal 27C).

The previous record, 25.5C, was recorded not far away in 1990.

Maniitsoq, seen here in this undated photo from www.visitmaniitsoq.com, is several hundred kilometres north of the capital, Nuuk.

Maniitsoq, seen here in this undated photo from www.visitmaniitsoq.com, is several hundred kilometres north of the capital, Nuuk.

A press release from the Danish Meteorological Institute says the warm-up was likely due to high pressure over Greenland -- a territory of Denmark -- combining with low pressure from Baffin Island. 

The institute said the air was dry with a relative humidity of only 20 per cent, and the effect was relatively localized.

Still, the institute says while the conditions weren't considered "unnatural," there has been an "indisputable" increase in average temperatures in Greenland in recent years.

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A soggy start to the long weekend for southern Ontario

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