The snow is gone, the sea ice has melted, and mosquitoes are voyaging north of the Arctic Circle in greater numbers. In the normally snow-bound landscape, white Arctic hares now hop among green bushes. Amid the warmth, the record wildfires that tore across the tundra last summer are returning: the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service is now watching these fires via satellite. The service said parts of the Arctic were more than 10 degrees warmer than usual during May. It is thought many of the fires erupting are “zombie fires”, so-called because despite the cold, wet winter, they have nonetheless continued to smoulder, often in peatlands, and then reignite when warmer drier weather arrives.
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Temperatures within the Arctic Circle hit 30C this week, sparking fears the region could be facing another devastating year of wildfires. Nizhnyaya Pesha, on the North West fringes of Russia, recorded a temperature of 30C on Tuesday afternoon, the BBC weather service confirmed. Temperatures in Nizhnyaya Pesha do not usually climb above 30C until July or August, if at all.
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