On February 9, Antarctica recorded a temperature record of 20.75 ºC, exceeding 20 ºC for the first time, but the data do not find a direct relationship between this temperature rise and climate change.
“We have never seen such a high temperature in Antarctica,” researcher Carlos Schaefer told the France-Presse agency (AFP), adding that this record temperature value was recorded on Seymour Island, one of the main ones located off the Antarctic Peninsula.
The researcher said, however, that these values ”are not valid as a trend” of climate change and that they only show “that something different is happening in this region”.
Carlos Schaefer said that the data were obtained following an investigation aimed at studying the impact of climate change on permanently frozen soils, carried out over 20 years.
“We cannot use this [os dados] to anticipate climate change in the future. It is a given “at a certain moment, explained the researcher.
The temperature record in Antarctica had already been broken on February 6, with thermometers registering 18.3 ºC. The highest record, up to that time, was 17.5 ºC, on March 24, 2015, according to the National Meteorological Service of Argentina.