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Temperatures around the North Pole surged close to melting point Thursday as a freak blast of warm air blanketed an Arctic region usually deep frozen in midwinter darkness, scientists said.Air temperatures at the North Pole were an estimated minus-4 degrees Celsius around midday with light snow, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, against a more usual temperature close to minus-30 degrees Celsius.The temperatures are expected to fall in coming days.In late December a year ago, temperatures also briefly rose to around freezing point.
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