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It was 65 degrees in Antarctica Thursday — the hottest temperature ever recorded on the continent

Posted: 1:56 PM, Feb 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-07 14:09:09-05
It was 65 degrees in Antarctica Thursday — the hottest temperature ever recorded on the continent

Temperatures taken from Antarctica Thursday were the hottest ever recorded for the normally-frigid continent.

According to The Washington Post, the temperature was recorded at 65 degrees at the Esperanza Base — an Argentinian outpost on the northern-most tip of Antarctica.

According to a tweet from Argentina's meteorological agency, data on Antarctica's temperatures dates back to 1961.

The Post reports that the World Meteorological Organization still needs to review and certify Thursday's reading as a record.

According to The Guardian, Thursday's temperature nearly matches the record for the highest temperature ever recorded below 60 degrees latitude. That reading was recorded on Signy Island — located just a few hundred miles north of Esperanza — in 1982 at 67 degrees.

The Guardian also reports that researchers at the base reported that it is currently warm enough to wear just a T-shirt without a jacket.

According to The Washington Post, the Antarctica Peninsula is one of the "fastest-warming regions in the world." In the past 50 years, temperatures have warmed five degrees, and 87 percent of glaciers have retreated in that time.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.