Earth's southernmost continent, Antarctica, has recorded its highest temperature ever of 18.3° Celsius, which is recognized by United Nations.

The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that it has recognized a new record high temperature for the Antarctic continent of 18.3° Celsius on 6 February 2020 at the Esperanza station (Argentina). However, it rejected 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.

The average annual temperature in Antarctica ranges from - 10 degrees Celsius (-14 degrees Fahrenheit) on the coast to - 60 degrees Celsius (negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit) at the highest parts of the continent’s interior.

WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas, said, "The Antarctic Peninsula (the northwest tip near to South America) is among the fastest warming regions of the planet, almost 3°C over the last 50 years. This new temperature record is therefore consistent with the climate change we are observing. WMO is working in partnership with the Antarctic Treaty System to help conserve this pristine continent,"

Celeste Saulo, WMO’s first vice president and the head of Argentina’s national weather service, said -
This new record shows once again that climate change requires urgent measures


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