People cool off near the fountain at Washington Square Park during a hot afternoon day on July 17, 2019 in New York City. Sweltering heat is moving into the New York City area, with temperatures expected to rise close to 100 degrees by this weekend. The large heat wave will affect close to two thirds of the United States, with the East Coast and Midwest seeing the worst conditions.
  • The northernmost settlement on Earth experienced a record heatwave on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching an unprecedented 21 degrees Celsius.
  • Alert, Canada, which is 800 kilometres from the North Pole, hadn't ever experienced temperatures in the 20s.
  • The average July temperature for the settlement is 5 degrees.
  • Scientists were concerned when news of the Arctic heatwave broke, and one even compared it to New York City reaching 44 degrees
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Alert, Canada - the northernmost settlement on Earth - experienced a record heatwave on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching "unprecedented" 21 degrees Celsius.

According to the Daily Mail, this was the first time the settlement had reached 21 degrees. The average July temperature for Alert, which is only 800 kilometres away from the North Pole, is usually about 5 degrees.

"It's really quite spectacular," said David Phillips, Environment Canada's chief climatologist, said to Canadian channel CBC of the so-called Arctic heatwave.

"This is unprecedented," he added.

CBC reports that summer temperature records have been rising at an alarming rate.

"That's what we're seeing more often," Phillips told CBC.

"It's not just half a degree or a 10th of a millimetre. It's like hitting a ball out of the ballpark. It is so different than what the previous record was."

The Daily Mail says that Phillips compared the Arctic heatwave in Canada earlier this week to New York City reaching 43 degrees.

New York City, along with much of the United States, has been in the midst of an intense heat wave the past few days.

The expected temperatures in New York were so high for Saturday and Sunday that many outdoor activities, including a triathlon and cultural festival, were cancelled.

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