An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A record high temperature of 18.3C (64.9F) has been logged on the continent of Antarctica. The reading, taken on Thursday by Argentine research base Esperanza, is 0.8C hotter than the previous peak temperature of 17.5C, in March 2015. The temperature was recorded in the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent’s north-west tip — one of the fastest-warming regions on earth. It is being verified by the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
Temperatures on the Antarctic continent have risen by almost 3C over the past 50 years, the organization said, and about 87% of the glaciers along its west coast have “retreated” in that time. The glaciers have shown an “accelerated retreat” in the past 12 years, the WMO added, due to global warming. While 18.3C is a record for the Antarctic continent, the record in the wider Antarctic region — which includes the continent, islands and ocean that are in the Antarctic climatic zone — is 19.8C, logged in January 1982. Last July, the Arctic region hit its own record temperature of 21C, logged by a base at the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic.
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