Record hot Svalbard

July 2016 was the warmest month ever recorded in Norway’s Arctic archipelago

Photo: Hylgeriak / Wikimedia Commons Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in the Svalbard Arctic Archipelago, in July 2011.

Photo: Hylgeriak / Wikimedia Commons
Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in the Svalbard Arctic Archipelago, in July 2011.

M. Michael Brady
Asker, Norway

July this year was the warmest month ever on Svalbard in the 105 years that meteorological records have been kept in Longyearbyen, its administrative center. The highest temperature of 14.5°C (58.1°F) was recorded on July 3, and the monthly average temperature was 9.0°C (48.2°F). Over years, the normal average July temperature has been lower, just 6.0°C (42.8°F). On mainland Norway, the coldest municipality in the country, Vardø in Finnmark County, also set a record for the warmest ever July, 12.2°C (54°F).

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 12, 2016, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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