As the impacts of the ‘Beast from the East’ slowly fade away and UK temperatures start to return to ‘normal’, The Washington Post reports on how temperatures in the Arctic were a staggering 50 degrees above normal at the same time!! 

“The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.

Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) at the pole, according to the U.S. Global Forecast System model. While there are no direct measurements of temperature there, Zack Labe, a climate scientist working on his PhD at the University of California at Irvine, confirmed that several independent analyses showed “it was very close to freezing,” which is more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) above normal.”

Read on to find out what may be causing this alarming rise in temperature…

Picture taken from the Washington Post.