Record high temperatures are hitting north and south of the equator.
The North Pole continues to be 50F above normal. The ice pack is extraordinarily low and spring is coming. Greenland is also losing ice rapidly. The climate shift combined with the severe weather forecast from a hurricane-strength storm creates a condition that may accelerate the region’s change from ice pack to open water. One consequence has been more exposed land and an extended fire season in the boreal forests.
This scenario is not a regional anomaly.
South the equator, Australia is experiencing record heat waves as well, where records are being exceeded several days in a row by several degrees Fahrenheit, not the typical fractions of a degree. The temperatures are higher, and so are the length and frequency of the heat waves.
Isolated incidents are no longer isolated, and such coincidences are probably going to become the norm.