As per researchers, the fact that the icy continent is now recording higher temperatures is likely to fuel fears of global warming to the planet. "The whole thing is very interrelated".
"Once we have those data, we can begin a formal evaluation as to the observation's validity".
"We can't use this to anticipate future climate changes".
Schaefer said monitoring data from these areas could indicate what is in store for other parts of the region.
SCIENTISTS in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius, breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said yesterday. On Thursday, he said the organization is looking into the new report, too, but urged caution about the higher reading.
According to the UN's World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), temperatures on the Antarctic continent have risen by nearly 3C over the past 50 years, and that about 87% of the glaciers along its west coast have "retreated" in that time.
A chinstrap penguin colony in front of a glacier on Elephant Island in Antarctica
Roughly twice the size of Australia, Antarctica experiences average annual temperatures ranging from about 10C (50F) on the coast to minus 60C (140 F) at the highest part of its interior, according to WMO.
Its vast ice sheet contains 90 percent of the world's fresh water, enough to raise sea level by approximately 60 meters (196 feet) if everything melts.
The Antarctic peninsula is being dramatically affected by climate change, with more melt and warmer winter temperatures, believed to be behind an alarming decline in chinstrap penguin colonies which are dependent on sea ice, The Guardian reported.
"It's doing that with an accelerating rate and we expect that to continue".
The last decade was the hottest in recorded history, and the last five years have been the five hottest on record. This year seems to maintain the trend, since last month was the hottest January registered.
Scientists on the Brazilian antarctic programme say this appears to be influenced by shifts in ocean currents and El Niño events: "We have climatic changes in the atmosphere, which is closely related to changes in permafrost and the ocean".
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