Climate change has been a big topic in the United States due to some of the shifts done by the new administration leading the country, which has pushed the public eye on some of the relevant shifts that are being created right now as a result of rising temperatures. With all of this worry over the future of climate change research we reached a pinnacle – a research base just released a report that shows Antarctica setting an all-time high for temperature.

A research base from Argentina has measured a temperature reading of 65.3 Fahrenheit (or 17.5 degrees Celsius) along the Antarctic peninsula. This report was published by the United Nations weather agency on Wednesday.

The World Meteorological Organization announced that this is a new benchmark for the region and has set an all-time record for temperature. The WMO uses temperature readings in order to track natural variations as well as future global warming issues that may be right around the corner.

Polar Expert Michael Sparrow described the need for maximum and minimum temperature readings as important for “helping to build up a picture of the weather and climate in one of Earth’s final frontiers”. Michael works with the World Climate Research Programme, which is co-sponsored through the World Meteorological Organization.

Antarctica is an important part of the outlook on global warming because it is one of the coldest and most highly impacted areas being effected. It currently holds somewhere around 90 percent of the world’s total fresh water as frozen ice, and would be expected to cause a large increase in ocean water levels if it were to all melt and sink down. Most of the ice floats above the ocean so it does not effect the volume as drastically, but should the ice melt into water it will cause a drastic shift. Scientists find it essential to monitor the melting region so we can know how it is going to effect the rest of the world.