Antarctica hits record high temperature

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Antarctica has hit a record temperature of over 20 degrees Celsius (°C) for the first time.

This is on top of a record temperature recorded last week.

A reading from the Esperanza base in western Antarctica showed a temperature of 18.3°C last week, but another measurement at Seymour Island, less than 100km away, reportedly hit 20.75°C just a few days later.

Scientists say the temperature reading needs to be double-checked and confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization.

Scientists say the changeable temperatures in this area of the Antarctic appear to be caused by shifts in ocean currents.

Antarctica Facts

  • Summer runs from October to February and it’s winter for the rest of the year.
  • Antarctic summers average just above freezing, with east Antarctica even colder than the western region.
  • During the winter months, parts of Antarctica reach as low as minus 60°C, and sometimes it can be even colder than that.
  • The lowest temperature recorded in the world, minus 89.6 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Vostok Station, a Russian research station in inland Antarctica on 21 July 1983.

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