Antarctica hits warmest temperature ever recorded

Antarctica hits warmest temperature ever recorded

The Antarctic Peninsula recorded a high of 65 degrees this week, the hottest temperature ever recorded there.

The reading was taken Thursday at Esperanza Base along Antarctica’s Trinity Peninsula.

That temperature is hotter than the previous record of 63.5 degrees from March 2015. Thursday's temperature still needs to be officially verified, according to The Washington Post.

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) blamed climate change for the high reading in a tweet on Thursday, as did Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE (I-Vt.). The Democratic presidential candidate on Friday called the record "insane" and said climate change "is an existential threat to humanity."

"We must mobilize America and the rest of the world accordingly," Sanders warned.

It's been a hot decade, according to WMO, which found that the 10-year period of 2010 through 2019 was "almost certain" to be the hottest ever recorded, based on average temperatures.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also found that 2019 was the second hottest year on record.