AFP Staff Contact Published Friday, February 14, 2020 2:19AM EST
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL —
Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of
20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20
degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said Thursday.
“We’d never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica,” Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told AFP.
He cautioned that the reading, taken at a monitoring station on an island off the continent’s northern tip on February 9, “has no meaning in terms of a climate-change trend,” because it is a one-off temperature and not part of a long-term data set.
But news that the icy continent is now recording temperatures in the relatively balmy 20s is likely to further fuel fears about the warming of the planet.
Bureau of Meteorology data shows average temperature record across the country beat previous high of 2013
Thu 2 Jan 2020 01.17 GMT
Last modified on Thu 2 Jan 2020 01.45 GMT
The year 2019 was the hottest on record for Australia with the
temperature reaching 1.52C above the long-term average, data from the
Bureau of Meteorology confirms.
The year that delivered crippling drought, heatwaves, temperature
records and devastating bushfires was 0.19C hotter than 2013, the
previous record holder.
Climate scientists told Guardian Australia that climate change pushed
what would have been a hot year into record territory, driving heat
extremes and the risk of deadly bushfires.
The Bureau of Meteorology data shows the average temperature across the country was 1.52C above the long-term average taken between 1961 and 1990. The second hottest year was 2013, followed by 2005, 2018 and 2017.