Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Antarctica shatters another temperature record, breaks 20 degrees Celsius

Antarctica shatters another temperature record, breaks 20 degrees Celsius

Just days after mainland Antarctica tipped a record temperature of 18.3°C (64.9°F), there are fresh reports of yet another record in the region: a positively pleasant air temperature of 20.75°C (69.35°F), the hottest temperature ever recorded on land in Antarctica.

Temperatures in Antarctica were hotter than 68 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time ever last Sunday.

Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told AFP they had "never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica".

The reading was taken at a monitoring station on Seymour Island, which is part of a chain of the islands on the Antarctica Peninsula - the northernmost part of the continent.

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

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.

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Although the temperature is a record high, Mr Schaefer emphasized that the reading was not part of a wider study and so, in itself, could not be used to predict a trend.

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.

"We have climatic changes in the atmosphere, which is closely related to changes in permafrost and the ocean". "It's simply a signal that something different is happening in that area".

The Antarctic peninsula is being dramatically affected by climate change, with more melt and warmer winter temperatures, believed to be behind an alarming decline in chinstrap penguin colonies which are dependent on sea ice, The Guardian reported. Previous record was 17.5 degrees which was recorded on March 24, 2015.

Antarctica is a colossal container and has huge variations in temperatures across its geographical range.

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