This year, Antarctica’s hottest day brought about an unexpected heat wave. In fact, it’s the hottest day recorded, according to DB Techno. The temperature on March 24 reached 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit, as shown on the Esperanza research base on the Antarctic peninsula.
Antarctica’s hottest day recorded is verified by the World Meteorological Organization. The last time this continent broke through the frozen temperatures was Jan. 5, 1964 at 62.7 degrees, The Weather Network reports. This is an unofficial reading, the reports indicate.
The report says: “The reading was logged on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, which may not be considered part of the continent in weather record keeping. The World Meteorological Organization is expected to examine whether the area was indeed in Antarctica or whether it is technically located in Argentina.”
Global warming has been blamed for the increasing temperatures on the world’s coldest continent. In the past 20 years, Antarctica’s ice shelves have thinned by 18 per cent. The Spreadit cites experts with this: “The debate over whether global warming is natural or manmade is an artificial one: scientists know that both factors can affect the planet’s temperature. The real question is which factor is doing the heavy lifting — and a new report in Nature released Wednesday says that on the Antarctic Peninsula, at least, human-generated greenhouse gases have almost certainly been by far the most important driver of warming over the past half-century.”
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