Last week, scientists recorded a ‘possible’ new record high temperature on the continent of Antarctica.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the temperature at Argentina’s Esperanza Base on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula reached 17.5°C, according to weather website wunderground.com.
Weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera says that the previous hottest temperature recorded in Antarctica was 17.4°C, set just one day previously at Argentina’s Marambio Base on a small islet just off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
However, the weather website reported that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has yet to certify that these temperatures were all-time weather records for Antarctica. The Argentinian weather service has verified that the temperatures measured at Esperanza Base and Marambio Base were the highest ever measured at each site.
Previously, the hottest known temperature in Antarctica was 17.1°C, which was recorded at Esperanza Base on April 24, 1961.
It seems that our planet is experiencing a significant rise in its average temperature. As we reported previously, a recent study revealed that sea ice in the Arctic is getting thinner at a faster rate than earlier estimated. According to the new research, sea ice has thinned by 65% since 1975 in the central part of the Arctic Ocean basin. In September, when ice normally reaches its annual minimum, ice thickness decreased by 85%, according to the study.
In 2015, five nations or territories have tied or set all-time records for their hottest temperatures in recorded history. A new national heat record of 35.5°C was reported in Equatorial Guinea on March 17, surpassing the previous record of 35.3°C recorded in February 1957. At the same time, the Wallis and Futuna Territory in France set a new territorial heat record with 35.5°C on January 19 at Futuna Airport.
We also reported today that climate change experts are calling for a new global average temperature level. They believe that the current global average temperature level is not enough to advert the risks of climate change.
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