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12:00 AM, August 03, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 03, 2018

Arctic heat melts away Sweden's highest peak

Sweden's highest peak, a glacier on the southern tip of the Kebnekaise mountain, is melting due to record hot Arctic temperatures and is no longer the nation's tallest point, scientists said Wednesday.

"I've never seen this much melted snow on the southern peak as I did this summer," Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist, a Stockholm University geography professor, said in a statement.

Rosqvist, who is also head of the Tarfala research station near the mountain, has been measuring the southern peak for many years as part of climate change research.

Kebnekaise, a popular tourist destination located in Sweden's far north, has two main peaks -- a southern one covered by a glacier and a northern one free of ice.

Rosqvist said the southern peak has lost four metres (13 feet) of snow between July 2 and July 31.

This means an average of 14 centimetres of snow melted every day on the glacier in July, as Sweden has seen record hot temperatures, triggering dozens of wildfires across the country, even in the Arctic Circle.

"This is happening very fast. The result of this hot summer will be a record loss in snow and ice in the mountains," Rosqvist said.

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