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Global Warming? Antarctica Recorded Its Highest Temperature This Past Week
This past Thursday, Antarctica registered a high temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. To put this into perspective, this was also the temperature in San Diego, California that same day.
This is said to be a new record, with the last high coming in March of 2015 with a recording of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit. The new record temperature was recorded from a remote station on the continent’s northern tip.
While it is technically summer in that area of the world, this is still abnormal for the coldest place on Earth. The World Meteorological Organization plans to meet to determine if the recorded temp was in fact accurate.
“Everything we have seen thus far indicates a likely legitimate record,” Randall Cerveny of the WMO said in a statement.
Scientists are saying global warming is to blame and the continent has seen other consequences as well. Many of Antarctica’s massive glaciers are melting rapidly and the continent’s ice sheet contains enough water to raise global sea levels by nearly 200 feet.