With Climate change posing a huge threat to the entire world, now the coldest Antartica has just experienced its hottest day ever recorded this Feb. 9 by hitting a high of 20.75 degrees Celsius. The continent has also witnessed its other hottest day the same month, on Feb. 6 with 18.3 degrees C surpassing the previous record of 17.5 degrees C, set in March 2015. But this is the first time the temperature on the continent has exceeded 20 degrees C.
The peninsula is one of the fastest-warming regions on Earth, according to the World Meteorological Organization of UN with average temperatures rising to 3 degrees C over the last 50 years with an annual ice loss around sixfolds.
This warming of the surrounding breaks huge chunks of ice which enters the sea, slowly diminishing the continent’s icy coastline. If a glacier retreats faster than the formation new ice the glacier could collapse, potentially spilling billions of tons of ice into the water, contributing to sea level rise.
According to NASA, Antarctica’s two fastest shrinking glaciers,the Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier contain enough ice to raise sea levels by 4 feet . UN report says that 2010 to 2019 was the single hottest decade on record, with 2019 ranking as the second-hottest year ever.
With this continuing trend January 2020 has become the hottest January in the 141-years of recorded climate.