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Temperature surpasses 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Arctic Russian town

Children play in the Krugloe lake outside Verkhoyansk, the Sakha Republic, about 2900 miles northeast of Moscow, on Sunday, June 21, 2020. A Siberian town that endures the world's widest temperature range has recorded a new high amid a hear wave that is contributing to severe forest fires.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 21, 2020

MOSCOW — 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 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) on Saturday, according to Pogoda i Klimat, a website that compiles Russian meteorological data.

The town is located 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, a total area of more than 680,000 acres is burning, according to Avialesokhrana, the government agency that monitors forest fires.

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