The temperature of Antarctica recorded the highest temperature in climate history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists in Antarctica said the new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius, breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time.
Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told sources, “We’d never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica.”
He claimed that the study, taken at a monitoring station on an island off the continent’s northern tip on February 9, “has no meaning in terms of a climate-change trend,” because it is a one-off temperature and not part of a long-term data set.
But the icy continent has recorded new record-breaking temperatures that are further increasing the fear about the warming on the planet. On 9 February, an Argentinian research station at Esperanza recorded 18.3C, which was the highest reading on the continental Antarctic peninsula.
However, these records are yet to be confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization. According to the WMO, Antarctica’s peninsula is one of the fastest-warming places on earth heating by almost over 3C over the past 50 years. The previous record stood at 17.5 degrees on March 24, 2015, it said.