STOCKHOLM, Feb. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- The temperature in Greenland over the weekend was higher than in many southern European winter getaways, Ritzau news bureau reported on Monday.
Temperatures on the island, a Danish overseas territory, reached 16
degrees on Saturday, making it warmer than places such as Algarve, Malorca, and
The official record of 16.0 C (60.8 F) was recorded in the townof
Paamiut (Frederikshob) on the western coast of the Greenland. The temperature is
the highest recorded winter temperature since record keeping began in 1958.
The previous record of 15.4 C (59.7 F) was recorded in 1980 in the
southern Greenland town of Narsaruaq. The previous record high for February of
14.2 C (57.6 F) was registered in 1965, also in Narsaruaq.
The warm winter weather in Greenland is caused by weather systems
that have pumped warm air over the southwestern portion of the island, according
to Danish TV weather service. Temperatures along the entire southern coast were
over 10 C (50 F) on Saturday.
Meteorologists expected the warm weather to spread north, causing ice
in the otherwise frigid northeast Greenland to melt.