The fourth session of the Arctic Climate Forum was held via video-conference on 30 October 2019, presenting a summary of the summer 2019 and forecast for winter 2019-20. The outlook indicates that the average surface air temperatures are likely to be above normal for the entire Arctic for November, December 2019 and January 2020. The fall freeze-up of sea ice is expected to be earlier than normal in the Barents Sea, and normal for Hudson Bay. For all other regions the fall sea-ice freeze-up is expected to be later than normal.

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