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Antarctica recorded for the first time a temperature above 20°C (68°F). The temperature of 20.75°C (69.35°F) was measured by Brazilian scientists on Seymour Island on February 9, 2020. Carlos Schaefer, a Brazilian scientist, described the new record as ″incredible and abnormal″.
It is the second time in a week that a record temperature has been set in the region. On February 6, 2020, an Argentine research station in Esperanza measured 18.3°C (64.94°F), the highest record in Antarctica.
The previous record was 19.8°C (67.64F), recorded on Signy Island in January 1982.
These records (from 6 and 9 February, 2020) will have to be confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, but show a trend of rising temperatures in the peninsula and nearby islands, which have warmed by almost 3°C (37.4°F) in the last 50 years.
The region stores about 70% of the world’s fresh water in the form of snow and ice. The sea level would rise by 50 to 60 meters if everything melts, according to scientists.
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