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FILE - In this Friday June 13, 2008 file photo, a polar bear stands on an ice floe near the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. Scientists said Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 that Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record. (AP Photo/Romas Dabrukas, File)

The North Pole is going to be 50 degrees warmer than usual, three days before Christmas


Yikes. The Arctic isn't so "arctic" anymore.

Bad news for Santa Claus

For the second year in a row, temperatures in the Arctic region have spiked, startling scientists.

Computer models projected that on Thursday the area near the North Pole will be 40-50 degrees warmer than normal, approaching 32 degrees F, according to the Washington Post.

The weather model estimates the lowest pressure will be close to 945 millibars, which is comparable to many Category 3 hurricanes.

On some forecast maps, temperatures don't go as high as predicted.  

Here's a look at how the ice in the Arctic has melted in recent years.


Arctic sea ice levels are at a record lows. In November, the Arctic usually gains ice, but over a period of five days it saw 19,000 square miles of ice cover vanish, which NOAA called “almost unprecedented”.

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