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Balmy Days: Antarctica Hits Record-High Temperature

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

A new record high temperature for Antarctica was set on March 24, 2015, and just recently confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization.

Michael Sparrow, a polar expert with the WMO co-sponsored World Climate Research Programme, said: "Verification of maximum and minimum temperatures help us to build up a picture of the weather and climate in one of Earth's final frontiers".

No doubt the news sparked comments from news outlets about impending global warming doom.

Antarctica locks up 90% of the world's fresh water as ice meaning the world would be flooded if the sheets were to melt.

Scientists released aerial footage of a 1,500 foot crack in Antarctica.

The Esperanza base is located on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and just outside the Antarctic Circle.

In the cold, windy, dry Antarctic, the average annual temperature is from 14 degrees Fahrenheit to -76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, real time data released from the National Snow and Ice Data Center showed only 2.131 million square kilometers of sea ice surrounding the continent on February 28-about 159,000 square kilometers less than the record low set in 1997.

The highest temperature for the "Antarctic region" (defined by the WMO and the United Nations as all land and ice south of 60-deg S) of 19.8 C (67.6 F), which was observed on January 30, 1982 at Signy Research Station, Borge Bay on Signy Island.

The highest temperature for the Antarctic Plateau - at or above 2,500 meters - was minus 7 degrees recorded on December 28, 1980, at an automatic weather station site inland of the Adelie Coast.

The lowest temperature yet recorded by ground measurements for the Antarctic Region, and for the whole world, was -89.2C at Vostok station on 21 July 1983. The temperatures range from the high 60s (in Fahrenheit) to the high teens, depending on the location they were recorded in Antarctica.

Scientists said the findings showed the need to improve collection of weather data in the polar regions. Even the United States have these winds, he added. With a gradual level of sea rise already detected, the new temperature spikes recorded by the World Meteorological Organization certainly put the situation in Antarctica in perspective, as scientists strive to get climate action underway in order to stop the devastating effects of climate change.