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The Arctic Is 36° Fahrenheit Warmer Than Normal Right Now

While the headline may not be exact as of the time of publishing, air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean have been far, far warmer in recent times than is “normal.” To be more precise, temperatures in the Arctic were around 20° Celsius (36° Fahrenheit) warmer than is normal for this time of year — apparently as a result of 1) record-low sea ice extent in the region for this time of year, and 2) warm/wet air from further south being drawn towards the North Pole as a result of a “very wavy jet stream.”