Antarctica's Record High Temperature

March 1, 2017

 

 

A research base on the Antarctica plateau (the main landmass of the island/continent) just announced a record hot temperature — 63.5 degrees F (or 17.5 degrees C).

 

This was at the northern tip of Antarctica — the temperature was documented in 2015 (it take years to verify the temperatures). 

 

The continent has 90% of the world’s fresh water, frozen as ice, and if it was to all melt, it would raise sea levels worldwide by 200 feet. Scientists have been looking at both Antarctica and the North Pole to keep track of the impact of global warming. 

 

The previous record high temperature for the Antarctica region (anything below 60 degrees latitude) was 67.6 degrees F (or 19.8 C) at Signy Island. But for the main landmass, there's a new record. 

 

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