In a disturbing revelation, a new record temperature has been recorded in Antarctica at a whopping 20.75 degrees Celsius, breaking the 20-degree record for the first time ever. This broke the previous high of 17.5°C (63.5°F) recorded on March 24, 2015.
Jefferson C. Simões, a glaciologist at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and vice president of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research told the Post he doesn't believe the measurement will meet the WMO's standards for an official record.More news: China says 6 health workers died from virus, 1716 infected
The temperature in the Antarctic has registered a reading of more than 20°C for the first time ever on record, having been logged by Brazilian scientists on Seymour Island on 9 February.
It will not be fair to simply anticipate Climate Change in future as it is just a data point and a signal to something different taking place over that region.
Across much of Russian Federation and parts of Scandinavia and eastern Canada, temperatures were nine degrees above average or higher.More news: Sydney coronavirus terror as visiting cruise ship suddenly locked down
Why it matters: The United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has yet to confirm this is the hottest recorded temperature. Speaking about record temperatures on mainland Antarctica this month, WMO Weather and Climate Extremes rapporteur Randall Cerveny explained: "The record appears to be likely associated (in the short term) with what we call a regional "foehn" event over the area: a rapid warming of air coming down a slope/mountain".
Accelerating melt-off from glaciers and especially ice sheets in Antarctica is helping drive sea level rises, threatening coastal megacities and small island nations.
And they beat January 2016 - the hottest January since records began in 1880 - by a narrow 0.04F.More news: Second plane from Wuhan carrying 185 Canadians lands in Ontario