Balmy temps in Antarctica

  • 02/10/2020 3:37 pm ET Molly Taft

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Temperatures in Antarctica soared to an all-time high of nearly 65 degrees F last week, scientists at a northern research center recorded Thursday.

Once the measurement of 18.3 degrees C—or 64.94 degrees F—is verified by the Meteorological Organization, it will significantly beat the former record of 17.5 degrees C recorded in March of 2015.

The measurement means that Antarctica, one of the fastest-warming regions in the world, was warmer than several cities across the United States and on par with temperatures in San Diego, California last week—which, despite it being summer in the Southern Hemisphere, is an alarming occurrence.

“This is unfortunately a continuing trend,” Randall Cerveny, the World Meteorological Organization’s rapporteur of weather and climate extremes, told NPR. “We are seeing these high temperature records — not only in Antarctica, but across the entire world — fall, whereas we just don’t see cold temperature records anymore.”

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