Antarctica shatters another temperature record, breaks 20 degrees Celsius

Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record

​Antartica Temperature Rises Above 20°C For First Time Ever

It's hot times for the Earth coldest continent, as Antarctica registered its highest temperature ever this month when it reached a balmy 68 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a report Thursday.

"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.

Carlos has also mentioned that the reading which has been taken on an island off the northern tip of Antarctica on February 9 has no meaning when it comes to Climate Change trend as it is just one off temperature and not part of a data set, which is long term.

The reading took place at Seymour Island, which happens to be a part of the chain off the peninsula which forms a curve from the northernmost tip of the freezing continent and is also home to the Marambio research base of Antarctica.

Although the temperature is a record high, Mr Schaefer emphasized that the reading was not part of a wider study and so, in itself, could not be used to predict a trend.

The temperature recorded by Brazilian scientists at Seymour Island on February 9 was nearly a full degree higher than the previous record at Signy Island in January 1982. It was nearly a degree higher than the previous record taken on Signy Island in January 1982, The Guardian reported.

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. It's a data point", he said.

"At midday Esperanza Base recorded a new historic temperature record (since 1961) of 18.3 degrees Celsius", the agency posted. Previous record was 17.5 degrees which was recorded on March 24, 2015.

The Antarctic peninsula is being dramatically affected by climate change, with more melt and warmer winter temperatures, believed to be behind an alarming decline in chinstrap penguin colonies which are dependent on sea ice, The Guardian reported.

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

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