18.3 degrees Celsius: UN confirms new temperature record in Antarctic

Source : 112 Ukraine

The anomaly was observed in February 2020
14:43, 2 July 2021


The UN has confirmed that a new temperature record was observed in the Antarctic. It made 18.3 degrees Celsius, the UN World Meteorological Organization reports.

According to the organization, this particular temperature rate was observed at Esperanza station on the South Pole on February 6, 2020. 

On the other hand, the WMO "denied an even higher temperature, of 20.75°C, which was reported on 9 February 2020 at an automated permafrost monitoring station (Brazil) on Seymour Island". According to Yahoo, the detailed analysis of data and metadata showed that "improvized radioactive protection led to a demonstrable thermal bias error for the temperature sensor".

Celeste Saulo, the WMO First Vice President claimed that the new tempearture record once again shows that "climate change requires urgent measures". 

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Earlier, we reported that the world's largest iceberg A68, which covered the area of nearly 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) and previously was part of the Antarctic melted away. A68 was calved from the Larson C Ice Shelf on the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, and for a year it hardly moved. But then it started to drift north with increasing speed, riding on strong currents and winds. The iceberg was eventually destroyed by the waves, warm water and higher air temperatures in the Atlantic.

Related: Vernadsky Research Base celebrates 25 years: Astonishing facts about Ukrainian station in Antarctica

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