Temperature Hits 100 Degrees in Siberia

A heat wave in Siberia has spurred more than 680,000 acres of wildfires.

Children play in Krugloe Lake in Siberia on Sunday 2,900 miles northeast of Moscow. (Olga Burtseva via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — A Siberian town with the world’s widest temperature range has recorded a new high amid a heat wave that is contributing to severe forest fires.

The temperature in Verkhoyansk hit 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) on Saturday, according to Pogoda i Klimat, a website that compiles Russian meteorological data.

 The town is above the Arctic Circle in the Sakha Republic, about 2,900 miles northeast of Moscow.

The town of about 1,300 residents is recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range, with a low of minus-68 degrees C (minus 90 F) and a previous high of 37.2 C (98.96 F.)

Much of Siberia this year has had unseasonably high temperatures, leading to sizable wildfires.

In the Sakha Republic, more than 680,000 acres are burning, according to Avialesokhrana, the government agency that monitors forest fires.

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