East Antarctica has recorded very high temperatures this week, more than 30 degrees Celsius above normal, experts said.
The Concordia research base in Antarctica’s C Dome, which is at an altitude of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), on Friday recorded a record of -11.5 degrees Celsius (11.3 Fahrenheit), Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist from France -Meteo tweeted.
Typically, temperatures drop in late southern summer, but the Dumont d’Urville station in Antarctica set a record temperature in March of 4.9C (40.82F), at a time of year when temperatures are typically below zero.
Gaetan Heymes of France Meteo described the mild weather not suitable for the season as a “historic event”.
And geoscientist Jonathan Wille wrote on Twitter: “And so, Concordia broke the all -time temperature record of 1.5 ° C.
“This is when temperatures are supposed to drop rapidly since the summer solstice in December.
“This is the kind of Pacific Northwest heat wave 2021,” he added. “It shouldn’t have happened.”
Unprecedented temperatures occurred after the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the United States said Antarctic sea ice fell below two million square kilometers (772,204 square miles) in late February for the first time since 1979.
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