In April the Arctic sea ice nearly set a new record

Bad news form the North Pole. The Arctic sea ice extent was 980,000 square kilometers (378,400 square miles) below the average and only 20,000 square kilometers (7,700 square miles) above the record low April extent set in 2016. Sea ice in the Arctic expands and shrinks following the seasons: in summer the ice extent reaches its minimum, in winter its maximum size. During the month of April the ice starts to melt but usually not this much. Arctic sea ice extent for April 2018 averaged 13.71 million square kilometers (5.29 million square miles). Just to give an idea, the ice surface missing is 3 times the size of Italy! Only in April 2016 the situation was worse that today with 20.000 square kilometers more missing.