Extreme heatwaves broke out March 18 at both poles of earth, with Antarctica’s Concordia station recording temperatures 40 degrees C (50 degrees F) above mean while parts of the Arctic are at present 30 degrees C (70 degrees F) warmer than they should be.

At the same time, Earth’s poles are subjected to excessive heat, with some parts of Antarctica above 40 ° C than average, and parts of the Arctic over 30 ° C warmer than average.

Anomalous weather events like these have become more common over recent years even though it is highly unusual and extremely alarming for both poles to experience extreme heat at the same time.

The 3.287ft high Concordia station was about 40 degrees warmer than the average at–17.7 ° C, and the even warmer Vostok station, at–17.7 ° C, surpassed its all-time record by a mere 15 degrees C, extreme weather viewer Maximiliano Herrera tweeted.

Above in the Arctic, weather stations near the North Pole registered temperatures that don’t usually show until the tail-end of summer, some measurements as high as 30 degrees above average for this season.

The Washington Post first reported about the Antarctic warm period.

In Antarctica, meanwhile, melting ice is expected to cause global sea level to rise.

On Friday, however, the Arctic was 3.3 degrees warmer overall than the average temperature from 1979 to 2000.


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The Antarctic is a polar region around Earth’s South Pole, opposite the Arctic region around the North Pole. The Antarctic comprises the continent of Antarctica, (wikipedia)

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Contemporary climate change includes both global warming and its impacts on Earth’s weather patterns. There have been previous periods of climate change, (wikipedia)