Yesterday, Antarctica hit the hottest temperature ever recorded. A reading of 18.3ºC was taken at the Argentinian research station on the northern tip of the continent’s peninsula nearest to South America.
Argentina’s meteorological agency announced the record on Twitter – the highest logged at the base since records there began in 1961.
“At midday, Esperanza Base recorded a new historic temperature record (since 1961) of 18.3 degrees Celsius,” the tweet said. “This temperature beat the previous record of 17.5 degrees Celsius recorded on March 24 2015.”
The World Meteorological Organization says the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent’s northwest tip near South America, is among the fastest warming regions on Earth.