The United Nations have set a new heat record in Antarctica, with a value of 18.3 ° C is now the highest temperature on the continent.
The measurement was last in February Year at the Argentine research station Esperanza on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told AFP: “The review of this high temperature record is important because it helps us get a picture of weather and climate at one of the last borders of the earth.
« The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the regions on earth that is warming up the fastest – almost 3 ° C in the last 50 years.
» This new temperature record is therefore in line with the climate change that we are observing, « said Taalas.
The WMO rejected a reading of 20.7c that was taken on February 9, 2020 in a Brazilian Permafro st monitoring station on nearby Seymour Island.
The record for the wider Antarctic region is 19.8c, recorded on Signy Island on January 30, 1982.
« Even more than the Arctic is Antarctica is poorly covered in terms of continuous and sustained weather and climate observations and forecasts, although both play important roles in climate and ocean patterning, as well as sea level rise, « said Taalas.
» This new record shows once more that climate change requires urgent action, « said WMO Vice President Celeste Saulo.
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