Record-Setting Weather in Antarctica

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Cold Weather

Lowest Temperature

The lowest temperature ever recorded on earth is -89.2 C (-128.5 F) at Vostok, Antarctica on July 21, 1983.

Coldest Place

With its annual average temperature of -58.3 C (-72.9 F), Dome A, Antarctica is the coldest place in the world.

Hot Weather

Hottest Spot

The temperature reached a balmy, record-breaking high for Antarctica of 15 C (59 F) at Vanda Station, Scott Coast on January 5, 1974.

Rainy Weather

Wettest Location

The east and west coasts of Antarctica, as well as the Antarctica Peninsula, all average 800 millimetres (31.5 inches) of precipitation a year, making these areas the wettest on the South Pole's continent.

Dry Weather

Driest Place

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station gets the least amount of rain or snow anywhere in Antarctica, amounting to just 2 millimetres (0.08 inches) in an average year.

Windy Weather

Windiest Site

The wind at Port Martin, Antarctica averages more than 64 kph (kilometres per hour) (40 miles per hour) on at least one hundred days each year, making it overall the windiest place on earth.

Average Weather