Antarctica just saw its all-time hottest day ever

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said on Thursday.

Carlos has also mentioned that the reading which has been taken on an island off the northern tip of Antarctica on February 9 has no meaning when it comes to Climate Change trend as it is just one off temperature and not part of a data set, which is long term.

"Everything we have seen thus far indicates a likely legitimate record", Randall Cerveny, who researches records for the organization, said in a statement.

Brazilian scientists recorded 20.75C at Seymour Island on February 8, The Guardian reported.

Schaefer, who monitors the Antarctic climate for the Brazilian government, says climate change is interacting with shifts in ocean currents and the ocean-warming climate cycle known as El Nino.

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. "It's a data point", he said.

"We can't use this to anticipate climatic changes in the future". "It's simply a signal that something different is happening in that area".

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

Sea level rise is being driven by ever increasing melt-off from ice sheets and glaciers.

"At midday Esperanza Base recorded a new historic temperature record (since 1961) of 18.3 degrees Celsius", the agency posted.

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

The previous record stood at 17.5 degrees on March 24, 2015, it said.

And they beat January 2016 - the hottest January since records began in 1880 - by a narrow 0.04F.

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