Antarctica May Have Just Recorded Its Highest Temperature Ever

Antarctica May Have Just Recorded Its Highest Temperature Ever

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Antarctica appears to have witnessed its hottest day ever by hitting 63.5 F for the first time, on Tuesday. It was Esperanza base, situated at the northernmost tip of the Antarctica Peninsula, where the temperature was recorded. On Monday, the icy continent set a new record high of 63.3 degrees Fahrenheit but on Tuesday the record was smashed almost immediately with a reading of 63.5 degrees. Prior to this, Antarctica saw its warmest day on April 24, 1961 when the temperature reached 62.8 degrees.

According to the British Antarctic Study, during the Antarctica summer, from December to February, the icy continent remains freezing. However, the Northern Peninsula, where the record breaking temperatures have been recorded, is warmer than the rest of the continent for being located just north of the Antarctic Circle. Although it is located outside of the Antarctic Circle, during most of the summer, the temperatures rarely go beyond 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This implies that the recently recorded temperature was substantially higher than normal.

The World Meteorological Organization is busy investigating whether or not the official record was broken because the Northern-most section of the Antarctica Peninsula is disputed territory, with Argentina claiming a portion of the area. Thus it is yet to be determined that the reading was indeed in Antarctica or if the area would be considered a part of Argentina.

Some opine that the rising temperatures in Antarctica owe to global warming and the outermost portions of ice along the coast are melting. Researchers have also revealed that in the past two decades the ice shelves have thinned by 18 percent and the shrinkage is linked to rising sea levels. Some experts warn that if something is not done, half of the entire ice shelves volume could be lost within the next 200 years.

One of the researchers said “The ice shelf shrinkage is indirectly linked to rising sea levels, and current volume reduction rates have scientists projecting that half the volume of ice shelves in western Antarctica may be lost in 200 years.” However, there are disagreements regarding these theories as some believe that the fluctuation is a normal part of the Earth’s cycling process.  Some also believe that the ice levels are increasing.

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James Hailey a worshipper of life as it comes to him. He enjoys soft music while working on his latest manuscripts spread over his desk and his tablet on hand. His curiosity to observe everything around him and love for writing has propelled him to take up the job of a news journalist. Soon he realised, he enjoyed being at the back seat and editing all those news collected by others. He has been working as a lead news editor for both the digital and print media since the past 8 years. On his spare time he indulges in yoga to calm his hectic life style. He writes on Geology and Earth. Wmail : james@dailysciencejournal.com

  • wrenchead3

    The planet cycles has been my stance for a few years now. We don’t have enough data to say for certain but it seems sound. Finding fossels and what not under the ice says that the ice was not there at one point, or at least very little of it. Over time it cooled and we have what we have now. So once again the ice will thin and we will see that cycle again. It’s not easy laying out a theory in a comment section of a newspaper.