PARIS (AFP) – Eastern Antarctica has recorded exceptionally excessive temperatures this week, greater than 30 deg C above regular, say consultants.

The Concordia analysis base at Dome C of the Antarctic, which is at an altitude of three,000m (9,800 toes), on Friday (March 18) registered a report -11.5 deg C, Mr Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist from France-Meteo tweeted.

Normally, temperatures fall with the top of the southern summer season, however the Dumont d’Urville station on Antarctica registered report temperatures for March with 4.9 deg C, at a time of yr when usually temperatures are already sub-zero.

Mr Gaetan Heymes of France Meteo described the unseasonably gentle climate as a “historic event”.

And geoscientist Jonathan Wille wrote on Twitter: “And there it’s, Concordia broke its all time report temperature by 1.5°C.

“This is when temperatures needs to be quickly falling for the reason that summer season solstice in December.

“This is a Pacific Northwest 2021 heatwave kind of event,” he added. “Never supposed to happen.”

The unprecedented temperatures come after the National Snow and Ice Data Centre within the United States mentioned Antarctica’s sea ice fell under two million sq km (772,204 sq miles) in late February for the primary time since 1979.

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