Record high temperature of 18.3C recorded in Antarctica

A record high temperature of 18.3C (64.9F) has been recorded 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 Organization (WMO).

This is not a temperature you would normally associate with Antarctica, even in the summertime.

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