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Nordic Region, Arctic Circle Feel the Heat as Brutal Summer Hits

Towns in Sweden and Finland registered record-high temperatures as wildfires spread across eastern Russia

Photographer: Petr Kahanek/iStockphoto/Getty Images

Record-high temperatures from Canada to Scandinavia and intense wildfires flaring up from California to Russia’s Far East are adding to extreme weather events recorded at the start of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Temperatures in several towns in the north of the Nordic peninsula reached record highs over the weekend, according to local meteorological agencies. At the same time, unusual smoke and heat intensity from blazes in eastern Russia, the western U.S. and British Columbia are being monitored by Europe’s Copernicus agency.