Antarctica registers record temperature of over 20°C

Antarctica

Antarctica

"We are seeing the warming trend in numerous sites we are monitoring, but we have never seen anything like this", said Carlos Schaefer, who works on Terrantar, a Brazilian government project that monitors the impact of climate change on permafrost and biology at 23 sites in the Antarctic.

This latest reading was taken at a monitoring station on Seymour Island, part of a chain of islands off the same peninsula, at the northernmost point of the continent.

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.

Brazilian scientists registered Antarctic temperature above 20C for first time on record at Seymour Island.

Last month was the hottest January on record, surpassing a previous high recorded in 2016, the United States climate service said on Thursday.

Scientists on the Brazilian Antarctic programme said: "We have climatic changes in the atmosphere, which is closely related to changes in permafrost and the ocean".

Last July, the Arctic region hit its own record temperature of 21C, logged by a base at the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic.

Antarctica has hit more than 20 degrees Celsius for the first time on record.

Accelerating melt-off from glaciers and especially ice sheets in Antarctica is helping drive sea level rises, threatening coastal megacities and small island nations.

The news came a week after Argentina's National Meteorological Service recorded the hottest day on record for Argentine Antarctica: 18.3 degrees Celsius at midday at the Esperanza base, located near the tip of the Antarctic peninsula. Previous record was 17.5 degrees which was recorded on March 24, 2015.

According to the UN's World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), temperatures on the Antarctic continent have risen by nearly 3C over the past 50 years, and that about 87% of the glaciers along its west coast have "retreated" in that time.

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

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