Aletsch glacier melting at record rate
I think I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the great Aletsch glacier in the Alps has been melting at record rates over the last couple of days. I say this because temperatures from the Jungfraujoch observatory, the top of Europe at 3,572 metres above sea level (11,332 feet), are 10.5°C above freezing at the moment, and has been above freezing since sunrise on Sunday morning. I can’t say if these temperatures are in themselves at record levels, but they can’t be far off.
The mean maximum temperature for June according to MeteoSwiss is +0.8°C, so today’s temperatures are over 9°C higher than the 1981-2010 LTA, and as the heatwave intensifies in the coming days, temperatures at the observatory could get even higher.