Antarctica has now reached a record high after reaching 64.9°F according to researchers at the Argentinian research base Esperanza.
The temperature was recorded on February 6th, 2020, beating the previous high of 63.5°F, recorded on March 24th, 2015.
“Everything we have seen thus far indicates a likely legitimate record but we will of course begin a formal evaluation of the record once we have full data from [Argentina’s national meteorological service] and on the meteorological conditions surrounding the event,” said WMO Weather and Climate Extremes rapporteur Randall Cerveny in a statement.
“The record appears to be likely associated (in the short term) with what we call a regional ‘foehn’ event over the area: a rapid warming of air coming down a slope/mountain. Verification of this maximum temperature record is important because it helps us to build up a picture of the weather and climate in one of Earth’s final frontiers.”
The temperature was recorded on the Antarctic Peninsula, the northwestern tip aimed at South America.
The average temperature of Antarctica does vary vastly like most continents with their average on the coast being 14°F and -76°F near the inner part of the continent. The newly recorded temperature is a very dire sign of times to come as new records continue to be broken as the consequences of climate change continue to increase.
For the planets oceans, the fact that such high temperatures are continuing to be broken will accelerate the pace the ice sheets on the continent melt, resulting in increased sea levels worldwide and threatening every coastal country in the world. Antarctic ice sheets holds 90% of the Earths freshwater and if all of the ice sheets would melt, sea levels would rise by almost 200 feet.