Antarctica Temperature Records

Published by DonDavidson on

Thursday, February 6th, marked the warmest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica—18.3° Celsius, which is 64.9° Fahrenheit—at the northern tip of the Antarctica peninsula. Three days later, on February 9th, that record temperature was reportedly eclipsed on Antarctica’s Seymour Island, which recorded a temperature of 20.75° Celsius, or 69.35° Fahrenheit.

As I noted in Chapter 11 of my book, Beyond Blind Faith (which you can read here:, Antarctica holds ninety percent (90%) of the world’s ice. If all of that ice melted, it would raise sea levels as much as two-hundred feet, placing coastal cities such as New York City, as well as most of the state of Florida, underwater. While that apocalyptic scenario is still a very long way off, scientists are warning that five Antarctic glaciers, including one the size of Florida—the Thwaites Glacier—are melting much more rapidly than they were only six year ago. Scientists report that the Thwaites Glacier and the Pine Island Glacier are melting five times as fast as they were in 1992.

As this ice melts, sea levels slowly rise, making coastal areas more prone to flooding, especially during hurricanes when the storm surge lifts water levels. In addition, sea levels are also rising because the oceans are warming (water expands as it warms, so its volume increases).

Some of the foregoing is summarized from the following internet sources:


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