Antarctic first heatwave: Aussies record maximum temperature of 9.2C

The first “heat wave” on record in Antarctica in the southern hemisphere summer 2019-2020, according to records from the Casey Research Station in Winsons Bay, Antarctica. Researchers at the Australian Antarctic Science Project report the findings in the latest issue of the March 31 issue of the journal Global Change Biology.

Between January 23 and 26 this year, they recorded the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded at Casey Station. The highest temperature at Casey Station was recorded on 24 January at 9.2 degrees Celsius, 6.9 degrees Celsius above the local average. In the early morning hours of January 25, researchers recorded a record low temperature of 2.5 degrees Celsius.

A heat wave is a region where a series of hot weather, usually three consecutive days of the highest temperature and the lowest temperatures are higher can be considered a heat wave.

The Esperanza Research Station in Argentina, located in the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula, recorded a maximum temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius for Antarctica on February 6, breaking the record high of 17.5 degrees Celsius set in 2015, the German news agency reported.

Antarctic first heatwave: Aussies record maximum temperature of 9.2C