Temperatures in the Arctic throughout November and December have been 5C higher than average.
Arctic to be 20C hotter than average in-record breaking North Pole heatwave
The North Pole will be hit by an unprecedented heatwave this Christmas because of man-made climate change, scientists say. The centre of the Arctic will be 20 degrees hotter than average, at around 0C freezing, on Christmas Eve. Dr Friederike Otto, a senior researcher at Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, said scientists are “very confident” that the weather patterns were linked to anthropogenic climate change. “In all our methods, we find the same thing,” said Dr Otto.