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    Heating Up: Antarctica Reaches Highest Temperature On Record

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    Earth’s southernmost continent may have reached its warmest day ever on Tuesday when thermometers shot up to 63.5°F, a figure more than 30 degrees above Antarctica’s average temp for the month of March.

    Tuesday’s 63.5°F (17.5°C) broke Antarctica’s previous record of  63.3°F, recorded just a day earlier, which itself topped the previous high of 59°F, recorded in 1974.

    Antarctica's new highest temperature was recorded at Argentina's Esperanza Base
    Antarctica's new highest temperature was recorded at Argentina's Esperanza Base

    The new record high was noted at Argentina’s Esperanza Base at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, known to be one of the fastest warming spots on Earth. Monday’s record was observed at Marambio Base, about 60 miles away.

    Weather forecasting site Weather Underground’s historian Christopher Burt noted the significance of the temperature rise at both bases which, in the span of two days, exceeded any figure recorded over the last fifty years. 

    Antarctica is not the only place that’s announced record highs so far this year. Five nations or territories have set new record highs in the first three months of 2015. In fact, according to Weather Underground, 46 nations have set or tied new heat records (and four have set an all-time low) since 2010. 

    Other significant climate change events in 2015
    Other significant climate change events in 2015

    The average high temperature in March for Antarctica is 31.3°F.


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