The coldest year on record in the Eastern Arctic was 1979. Since then, there has been a small decline in the area of the Arctic covered by sea ice.
Arctic sea ice and temperature tracks the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) which has a 70-year cycle and is currently at a peak. It is quite likely that Arctic sea ice extent will increase over the few decades, as the AMO starts downwards.
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