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Antarctica sees warmest observed temperatures

Last Updated Feb 7, 2020 at 6:04 pm MST

FILE - In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere's summer season. The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice, and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday, Feb. 5, 2020 at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Jana, File)

ANTARCTICA (660 NEWS) – It appears a lot of penguins were waddling through slush yesterday as temperatures in Antarctica nearly reached a record-high 18.3 degrees Celsius.

That beats the previous high, a practically tropical 13.8 degrees Celsius observed in 2013.

The reading was taken by an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization.

The base, named Esperanza, sits on a peninsula that has seen a 5.4-degree increase in temperature over the past 50 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

One researcher says the unusually high temperature was most likely due to warm air rushing down from a mountain slope.

Climate change is reported to be raising the temperatures in Earth’s polar regions significantly faster than any other region.