The United Nations has recognized a new record for the highest temperature on the Antarctic continent – 18.3°C.
Record heat was recorded at the Argentine Research Station Esperanza on the Antarctic Peninsula on February 6, 2020, according to the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Checking this maximum temperature is important because it helps create a picture of the weather and climate at one of the Earth’s last edges.
Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General
The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet. Over the past 50 years, temperatures have risen by almost 3 ° C. The new temperature record is in line with the climate change we are observing, the UN said.
Previously, WMO did not recognize even higher temperatures – 20.75 ° C – which were reported on 9 February 2020 at a Brazilian automated permafrost monitoring station on nearby Seymour Island. It is located near a peninsula that extends north towards South America.
The previous confirmed record for the Antarctic continent – the mainland and its surrounding islands – was 17.5 ° C, recorded at Esperanza on March 24, 2015.