Antarctica temperature hits record 20C

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

In a disturbing revelation, a new record temperature has been recorded in Antarctica at a whopping 20.75 degrees Celsius, breaking the 20-degree record for the first time ever.

Antarctica has hit more than 20 degrees Celsius for the first time on record.

The reading was taken at Seymour Island, part of a chain off the peninsula that curves out from the northern tip of Antarctica.

The reading was taken Thursday at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization.

Carlos Schaefer, who works on Terrantar - a Brazilian government project monitoring the impact of climate change on permafrost and biology at 23 sites in the Antarctic - told The Guardian: "We are seeing the warming trend in numerous sites we are monitoring, but we have never seen anything like this".

Scientists at Terrantar, a government project that monitors climate change on the continent, said the record temperatures are most likely attributed to changes in ocean currents. It was nearly a degree higher than the previous record taken on Signy Island in January 1982, The Guardian reported.

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"We can't use this to anticipate climatic changes in the future".

The new record should not be directly conflated with climate change, which should be understood as a long-term trend rather than a one-off data point.

Across much of Russian Federation and parts of Scandinavia and eastern Canada, temperatures were nine degrees above average or higher.

Accelerating melt-off from glaciers and especially ice sheets in Antarctica is helping drive sea level rises, threatening coastal megacities and small island nations.

"At midday Esperanza Base recorded a new historic temperature record (since 1961) of 18.3 degrees Celsius", the agency posted. Previous record was 17.5 degrees which was recorded on March 24, 2015. Further, they reportedly said that the rising temperature figure is not something that would be normal in Antarctica, not even in summers.

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