Antarctica Just Recorded Their Hottest Temperature At 65 Degrees Fahrenheit

Antarctica Just Recorded Their Hottest Temperature At 65 Degrees Fahrenheit

The balmy temperature was identical to the one felt in San Diego, California

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Climate change is real and if we continue to be careless and deliberately ignorant about it, the repercussions will be severe, if we don't act now.  On Thursday, Antarctica recorded its hottest temperature. Yes, you read that right. The reading at Argentina's Esperanza research station, located at the continent's northernmost tip, indicated that the temperature was nearly 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 Celsius) beating its previous record in March 2015 when it was 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 Celsius) from the same location reports CNN.


The record-breaking temperature is yet to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It is said a committee would convene to confirm this. Randall Cerveny, WMO’s Weather and Climate Extremes rapporteur, said, "Everything we have seen thus far indicates a likely legitimate record but we will, of course, begin a formal evaluation of the record once we have full data from SMN (Argentina's national meteorological service) and on the meteorological conditions surrounding the event." To put it into perspective, the temperature recorded in Antarctica was identical to that in San Diego, California. If that doesn't worry you, what will?


According to BBC, WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis, said, "[This] is not a figure you would normally associate with Antarctica, even in the summertime." WMO has also noted that over the last 50 years, the southern hemisphere has gotten warmer with temperatures rising to almost 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 Celsius). Due to global warming, almost 87 percent of glaciers have seen an "accelerated retreat".


Scientists have warned that the South Pole would eventually disintegrate given that there has been so much glacier melting that has been going on over the years. It is likely to lead to a catastrophic rise in sea levels. Nullis said, "The amount of ice lost annually from the Antarctic ice sheet increased at least six-fold between 1979 and 2017. The melting from these glaciers, you know, means we are in big trouble when it comes to sea-level rise." 


CNN reports that "Antarctica's ice sheet contains enough water to raise global sea levels by nearly 200 feet." A recent study has shown that warm ocean waters have been melting the gigantic Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. This alone could raise sea levels to more than 10 feet. Similarly, the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica has seen cracks that have been growing at a rapid pace based on their satellite imagery. Over the last 25 years, they have lost a lot of ice. Washington Post notes that it has"been an eventful year for climate extremes, and we’re only on Day 38 of 2020. January was the warmest on record globally, according to atmospheric monitoring group Copernicus, with records shattered in Europe and Asia."


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