Antarctica Records Highest Temperature Of Over 20 Degrees For First Time

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Antarctica Records Highest Temperature Of Over 20 Degrees For First Time

As per Brazilian Scientist Carlos Schaefer, temperatures as high as this have never been seen before.

Antarctica also experienced record heat last week, recording a temperature of almost 65 degrees on the continent's northernmost peninsula.

He cautioned that the reading, taken at a monitoring station on an island off the continent's northern tip on Feb 9, "has no meaning in terms of a climate-change trend", because it is a one-off temperature and not part of a long-term data set.

However, the fact that Antarctica, the icy continent is witnessing temperatures in the 20s will only add fuel to the scare of the planet warming situation.

Schaefer said the reading was a single data point, so they're not able to determine if it's a trend that will continue in the future. Still, the fact remains that such high temperature has not been recorded in the region before.

The temperature recorded by Brazilian scientists at Seymour Island on February 9 was nearly a full degree higher than the previous record at Signy Island in January 1982.

Jefferson C. Simões, a glaciologist at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and vice president of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research told the Post he doesn't believe the measurement will meet the WMO's standards for an official record.

What's happening: Per the NWS, the effects of the system will be "far-reaching" and impact travel in a vast area that's likely to affect millions of people.

The news came a week after Argentina's National Meteorological Service recorded the hottest day on record for Argentine Antarctica: 18.3 degrees Celsius at midday at the Esperanza base, located near the tip of the Antarctic peninsula.

"This temperature beat the previous record of 17.5 degrees Celsius recorded on March 24 2015".

That's 40 degrees warmer than the typical low temperatures in February in New York City, where an average cold night is 28.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

The past decade has been the hottest on record, the United Nations said last month, with 2019 the second-hottest year ever, after 2016.

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