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Antarctica temperature hits 65 degrees, warmest ever recorded

  • The temperature was recorded at an Argentine research base on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • It beats the previous record of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit, set in 2015.
  • The Antarctic Peninsula is among the fastest warming regions on Earth.

A balmy temperature of nearly 65 degrees was recorded in Antarctica on Thursday, and if verified, it would be an all-time record high for the normally bitterly cold continent. 

The temperature was recorded at an Argentine research base on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the World Meteorological Organization said in a statement. 

“The Argentine research base, Esperanza, on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, set a new record temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit) on February 6, beating the former record of 17.5 degrees C (63.5 degrees F) on March 24, 2015, according to Argentina’s national meteorological service,” the WMO said.

The average high temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula is in the 30s, according to the Australian Antarctic Division.

The WMO’s committee that draws on the agency’s weather and climate archives is now expected to verify whether the reading would amount to a new record.

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