Summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is not expected to reach a record minimum this year. The record minimum was set in 2012, when Arctic sea ice cover shrank to 3.41 million square kilometres (1.32 million square miles).

This year cooler than average conditions have prevailed. The extent of sea ice is greater than this time last year but it is still below the long term average and further melting is expected in the next few weeks.

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