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Scientists have recorded the first ever heat wave in this part of Antarctica

March 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Climate scientists have recorded the first heat wave at a research base in East Antarctica, warning that such "unprecedented" temperatures could impact animals and plantlife in the region.

(CNN)Climate scientists have recorded the first heat wave at a research base in East Antarctica, warning that such "unprecedented" temperatures could impact animals and plantlife in the region.

Researchers from the Australian Antarctic Program recorded the heat wave at the Casey Research Station -- located on the northern part of Bailey Peninsula on the Budd Coast -- between 23 and 26 January, which falls in the region's summer season.

Over the course of the three days, experts found the area to be experiencing "its highest temperature ever," recording a record of 9. 2 degrees Celsius (48. 6 degrees Fahrenheit) at Casey on 24 January.

During the three days, minimum temperatures climbed above zero, and maximum temperatures reached above 7. 5 degrees Celsius (45. 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Record temperatures have been documented across Antarctica during the continent's summer season.

In February, scientists at Argentina's Esperanza research station recorded temperatures of nearly 18. 3 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) on Antarctica's northern tip -- at the time the hottest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica.

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