The Tories might like to pretend global warming isn't happening. Tell that to the folks in Nunavut. Not just Nunavut but Alert, Nunavut, the northernmost settlement in Canada.
Today Nunavut is warmer than Victoria, B.C. Victoria is the warmest city in Canada - on average. Today isn't average.
"It's really quite spectacular," said David Phillips, Environment Canada's chief climatologist. "This is unprecedented."
The weather agency confirmed that Canadian Forces Station Alert hit a record of 21 C on Sunday. On Monday, the military listening post on the top of Ellesmere Island had reached 20 C by noon and inched slightly higher later in the day.
Alert was warmer both days than Victoria, B.C., a Canadian go-to for balmy climes.The Canadian Arctic is also contributing to another all-time record.
Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists.
The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in Chennai and Harare and forest fires that forced thousands of holidaymakers to abandon campsites in southern France and prompted the air force in Indonesia to fly cloud-busting missions in the hope of inducing rain.