Jul 01, 2020 13:27 UTC

Russia’s forest fire aerial protection service says forest fires in Siberia have grown nearly fivefold over the past week. The fires come amid a notable heat wave in parts of the sprawling region. A high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) was reported a week ago in the town of Verkhoyansk, if the reading is confirmed, it would be the hottest day ever recorded in the Arctic.