Record-Setting Weather in Antarctica

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Cold Weather iconLowest Temperature

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

Cold Weather iconColdest Place

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

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Hot Weather iconHottest Spot

The temperature reached a balmy, record-breaking high for Antarctica of 18.3 °C (64.9 °F) at Argentina's Esperanza Research Station on February 6, 2020. That beat the previous record high of 17.5 °C (63.5 °F) set at the same location on March 3, 2015.

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Snowy Weather iconWettest 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.

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Dry Weather iconDriest 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.

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Windy Weather iconWindiest 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.

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