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Antarctica Was Hotter Than New York City Today

Planning your next vacation? You may want to consider… Antarctica.

An Argentine research base located on the northern tip of the barren, frozen continent hit a balmy 63.5° Fahrenheit on Wednesday, Reuters reported. The arresting figure briefly made a land synonymous with ice, hotter than New York City. The Big Apple clocked in at 61 degrees as of 1:26 p.m Wednesday.

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The numbers fit into the settled consensus among scientists that human activity is causing the planet to heat up. According to NASA, 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded since measurements began in 1880. In case you’re wondering, the second and third hottest years occurred in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

While governments around the world have wrestled with how to tackle the issue jointly, President Donald Trump has defiantly expressed his skepticism about the science behind global climate change. In a 2012 tweet, he called the issue a plot by the Chinese to “to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

[featured image via pixabay]