Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record

​Antartica Temperature Rises Above 20°C For First Time Ever Leave the hat and gloves at home — if you’re going to Antarctica
Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2020, 22:40

Antarctica has hit more than 20 degrees Celsius for the first time on record - less than 2 degrees below Wellington's forecast maximum temperature on Friday.

This is the first time the temperature on the continent has exceeded 20 degrees C (68 F), the researchers told news site AFP.com, but not the first time the continent has seen a new record-breaking high this month.

Brazilian scientists clocked the new record air temperature on Seymour Island in West Antarctica on February 9, 2020.

The temperature of 20.75°C smashes the previous record of 19.8°C, which was taken on Signy Island in January 1982, coming in at almost an entire degree higher.

Schaefer, who monitors the Antarctic climate for the Brazilian government, says climate change is interacting with shifts in ocean currents and the ocean-warming climate cycle known as El Nino.

The previous high was in the 19s, he said.

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It will not be fair to simply anticipate Climate Change in future as it is just a data point and a signal to something different taking place over that region. "It's a data point", he said.

What's happening: Per the NWS, the effects of the system will be "far-reaching" and impact travel in a vast area that's likely to affect millions of people.

"We are seeing the warming trend in numerous sites we are monitoring, but we have never seen anything like this", he added.

Sea level rise is being driven by ever increasing melt-off from ice sheets and glaciers.

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. Still, the fact remains that such high temperature has not been recorded in the region before. Previous record was 17.5 degrees which was recorded on March 24, 2015.

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