Temperatures around the North Pole were up to 36 degrees Fahrenheit above normal during November, alarming researchers who say the warmth could lead to even more record lows of Arctic sea ice next year.
“These temperatures are literally off the charts for where they should be at this time of year,” said Rutgers University researcher Jennifer Francis. “It is pretty shocking.”
Temperatures rose sharply this month despite the lack of sunlight experienced at the beginning of the five months of the Arctic winter night.
This was accompanied by Arctic sea ice being at its lowest coverage ever recorded during November.