The climate is changing!

Freakishly warm weather hits North Pole days before Christmas

, USA TODAY 1:30 p.m. EST December 22, 2016

Santa’s elves were likely a bit warm this week during final Christmas preparations.

Temperatures at the North Pole soared to the melting point of 32 degrees Thursday, according to data from a nearby weather buoy. That might not sound balmy, but it’s some 40 to 50 degrees above average at what’s typically an unimaginably cold, pitch-black point in mid-winter.

In fact, the average winter temperature at the North Pole is about 40 degrees below zero, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said.

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