Alarming satellite images of Antarctica reveal extreme melting event

Weather stations on 06 February 2020 recorded the hottest temperature on record for Antarctica, resulting in melting on Eagle Island. Source: EPA

Startling images of Antarctica taken just nine days apart show the impact of the continent's hottest day on record.

On February 6, Esperanza – an Argentine research base at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula – recorded a temperature of 18.3C, which was the same recorded temperature in Los Angeles on the same day.

The new record significantly surpasses the previous record of 17.5C, which was set on March 24, 2015, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: A journalist is pictured as fire surrounds the home of Lawrence and Claire Cowie in Bumbalong Road, Bredbo North. A fire storm ripped through the area, with part of the house destroyed. February 01, 2020 near Canberra, Australia. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a State of Emergency on Friday, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continues to burn out of control. Hot and windy weather conditions forecast for the weekend are expected to increase the bushfire threat to homes in the Canberra region. It is the worst bushfire threat for the area since 2003, when four people died and 470 homes were destroyed or damaged. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: The Clear Range Fire burns through the property of Lawrence and Clair Cowie near Bredbo North on February 01, 2020 near Canberra, Australia. The couple stayed to defend their home, with the spot fire destroying part of the property. Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a State of Emergency on Friday, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continues to burn out of control. Hot and windy weather conditions forecast for the weekend are expected to increase the bushfire threat to homes in the Canberra region. It is the worst bushfire threat for the area since 2003, when four people died and 470 homes were destroyed or damaged. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Young people attend a protest 'SOS Australia' during Global Climate Strike at the Main Square in Krakow, Poland on 17 january, 2020. The demonstration was organized in relation to the recent bush fires in Australia and the climate crisis. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: The Clear Range Fire burns through the property of Lawrence and Clair Cowie near Bredbo North on February 01, 2020 near Canberra, Australia. The couple stayed to defend their home, with the spot fire destroying part of the property. Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a State of Emergency on Friday, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continues to burn out of control. Hot and windy weather conditions forecast for the weekend are expected to increase the bushfire threat to homes in the Canberra region. It is the worst bushfire threat for the area since 2003, when four people died and 470 homes were destroyed or damaged. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Firefighters protect a property from bushfires burning near the town of Bumbalong south of Canberra on February 1, 2020. - Authorities in Canberra on January 31, 2020 declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Dead tunas on the beach of the island of Buda as a result of the damage caused by storm Gloria. The island is a protected park and was completely submerged for more than 48 hours. All fields, where rice is grown, have been salinized. The island, which is the largest in Catalonia, has lost more than 200m in length from the sea. The Ebro Delta area is one of the most vulnerable areas to the climate crisis on January 27, 2020 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: The Clear Range Fire burns near Bredbo North shortly before over running the property of Lawrence and Clair Cowie on February 01, 2020 near Canberra, Australia. The couple stayed to defend their home, with the spot fire destroying part of the property. Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a State of Emergency on Friday, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continues to burn out of control. Hot and windy weather conditions forecast for the weekend are expected to increase the bushfire threat to homes in the Canberra region. It is the worst bushfire threat for the area since 2003, when four people died and 470 homes were destroyed or damaged. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Bushfires burn near the town of Bumbalong south of Canberra on February 1, 2020. - Authorities in Canberra on January 31, 2020 declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
24 February 2020, North Rhine-Westphalia, Duesseldorf: A motive cart to the bush fires in Australia "Australia is everywhere!" is standing on the street in front of the Rose Monday procession. With the Rosenmontag parades the Rhenish street carnival reaches its climax. Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa (Photo by Federico Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images)
NAIROBI, Feb. 21, 2020 -- A swarm of desert locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. Extreme weather events due to the climate crisis are becoming the new normal in the Horn of Africa as recent heavy rains and cyclonic activity resulted in a desert locust upsurge that has affected countries in the region and beyond, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has stressed. (Photo by Zhang Yu/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Zhang Yu via Getty Images)
General view of the flood damage caused by Storm Dennis to the Bridge End Inn on Bridge Street, Crickhowell, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02: Fire retardant dropped from an air tanker is seen behind the Namadgi National Park Visitors centre February 02, 2020 in Canberra, Australia. A total fire ban remains in place for the ACT as bushfires continue to burn, including the 55,000 hectare Orroral Valley fire south of Canberra which still out of control. Despite conditions easing slightly on Sunday, residents and firefighters remain on high alert as high temperatures remain and thunderstorms are forecast across NSW and the ACT. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Police advance across Westminster Bridge as members of Antifa and Extinction Rebellion Youth clash with police occupying Westminster Bridge stopping all traffic while Teenage Climate Crisis activists from various climate activism groups protest in Westminster during the first UK Students Strike Over Climate Change march of 2020 on February 14, 2020 in London, England. The school strike for the climate (Skolstrejk for klimatet) is a global movement of school students taking days off school during term times on Fridays to participate in demonstrations in cities demanding climate action from political leaders. The movement was born when Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg spent August 2018 protesting outside the Swedish Riksdag parliament building and has spread globally. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Horses panic as a spot fire runs through the property of Lawrence and Clair Cowie on February 01, 2020 near Canberra, Australia. The couple stayed to defend their home, with the spot fire destroying part of the property. Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a State of Emergency on Friday, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continues to burn out of control. Hot and windy weather conditions forecast for the weekend are expected to increase the bushfire threat to homes in the Canberra region. It is the worst bushfire threat for the area since 2003, when four people died and 470 homes were destroyed or damaged. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Cattle graze as bushfires burn near the town of Bumbalong south of Canberra on February 1, 2020. - Authorities in Canberra on January 31, 2020 declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Property owner Lawrence Cowie speeds away from a spot fire at his property at Bredbo North on February 01, 2020 near Canberra, Australia. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a State of Emergency on Friday, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continues to burn out of control. Hot and windy weather conditions forecast for the weekend are expected to increase the bushfire threat to homes in the Canberra region. It is the worst bushfire threat for the area since 2003, when four people died and 470 homes were destroyed or damaged. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Laurence Cowie chooses to stay and defend his home on Bumbalong Road, Bredbo North as fire approaches. February 01, 2020 in Canberra, Australia. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a State of Emergency on Friday, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continues to burn out of control. Hot and windy weather conditions forecast for the weekend are expected to increase the bushfire threat to homes in the Canberra region. It is the worst bushfire threat for the area since 2003, when four people died and 470 homes were destroyed or damaged. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Bushfires burn near the town of Bumbalong south of Canberra on February 1, 2020. - Authorities in Canberra on January 31, 2020 declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
Flooding on the pitch at Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United Football Club. Record rain fall in Cumbria caused flooding to several areas of Carlisle, causing houses to be evacuated by emergency services. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)
CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 10: Acres of farmland seen completely submerged in flood waters in the Lyth Valley, near levens on December 10, 2015 in Cumbria, England. Storm Desmond crashed into the UK, producing the UK's highest ever 24 hour rainfall total at 341.4mm. It flooded the Lyth Valley, drowning many farms and houses. Several periods of subsequent heavy rain have kept the Lyth Valley inundated, with no sign of respite. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ashley Cooper / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Ashley Cooper / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Canada, Nunavut Territory, Repulse Bay, Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming past melting iceberg near Harbour Islands
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Locals point to the bridge in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, which has collapsed following recent flooding, as Storm Frank begins to batter the UK on its way towards flood-hit areas.
Flood damage caused by Storm Dennis is seen in Bridge Street, Crickhowell, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Bees gather on a hive in Merango, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Dead coral reefs in shallow water which were killed during the mass coral bleaching event, which is relating to climate change. Bleaching of coral colonies is caused by warming of sea temperature and most likely combined with other environmental stresses causing coral to expel symbiotic zooxanthellae algae, which could even lead to coral death.
BLACKHEATH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21: A general view as two people walk through fire damaged country in the The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area near the town of Blackheath on February 21, 2020 in Blackheath, Australia. The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was impacted by multiple bushfires since December 2019, including the Green Wattle Creek bushfire, the Grose Valley fire and the Gospers Mountain blaze, all which burned for months. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images) (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
BLACKHEATH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21: A general view of fire damaged country in the The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area near the town of Blackheath on February 21, 2020 in Blackheath, Australia. The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was impacted by multiple bushfires since December 2019, including the Green Wattle Creek bushfire, the Grose Valley fire and the Gospers Mountain blaze, all which burned for months. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images) (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
A view of fields flooded near St Clears, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Britain, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Men work along a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Tiquipaya, Bolivia, February 22, 2020. REUTERS/Danilo Balderrama
Storm Dennis causes flooding to the Monmouth area in South Wales, Britain February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
BUMBALONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: Bushfire smoke obscures the sun on February 3, 2020 in Bumbalong, Australia. In many fire-affected areas, surviving wildlife are now suffering from dehydration and near starvation, due to the widespread habitat destruction and continued drought. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A view of fields flooded near St Clears, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Britain, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
A view of fields flooded near St Clears, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Britain, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
BUMBALONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: Firefighters try to douse a bushfire sweeping up a hillside on February 3, 2020 in Bumbalong, Australia. In many fire-affected areas, surviving wildlife are suffering from dehydration and near starvation, due to the widespread habitat destruction and continued drought. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
BUMBALONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: Bushfires burn along a mountainside on February 3, 2020 near Bumbalong, Australia. In many fire affected areas, surviving wildlife are suffering from dehydration and near starvation, due to the widespread habitat destruction and continued drought. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
BUMBALONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: A bushfire sweeps up a hillside on February 3, 2020 in Bumbalong, Australia. In many fire affected areas, surviving wildlife are suffering from dehydration and near starvation, due to the widespread habitat destruction and continued drought. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A bushfire burns near the town of Bumbalong, south of Canberra on February 2, 2020. - A fire that threatened Canberra's southern suburbs was downgraded early on February 2, allowing firefighters to strengthen containment lines and protect residents. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
BLACKHEATH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21: A general view of fire damaged country in the The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area near the town of Blackheath on February 21, 2020 in Blackheath, Australia. The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was impacted by multiple bushfires since December 2019, including the Green Wattle Creek bushfire, the Grose Valley fire and the Gospers Mountain blaze, all which burned for months. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images) (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Members of Antifa and Extinction Rebellion Youth clash with police as they begin arrests as Teenage Climate Crisis activists from various climate activism groups protesting in Westminster during the first UK Students Strike Over Climate Change march of 2020 on February 14, 2020 in London, England. The school strike for the climate (Skolstrejk for klimatet) is a global movement of school students taking days off school during term times on Fridays to participate in demonstrations in cities demanding climate action from political leaders. The movement was born when Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg spent August 2018 protesting outside the Swedish Riksdag parliament building and has spread globally. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Members of Antifa and Extinction Rebellion Youth clash on Westminster Bridge as the groups clash with police while occupying Westminster Bridge stopping all traffic as Teenage Climate Crisis activists from various climate activism groups protest in Westminster during the first UK Students Strike Over Climate Change march of 2020 on February 14, 2020 in London, England. The school strike for the climate (Skolstrejk for klimatet) is a global movement of school students taking days off school during term times on Fridays to participate in demonstrations in cities demanding climate action from political leaders. The movement was born when Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg spent August 2018 protesting outside the Swedish Riksdag parliament building and has spread globally. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Teenage Climate Crisis activists from various climate activism groups protesting in Westminster during the first UK Students Strike Over Climate Change march of 2020 on February 14, 2020 in London, England. The school strike for the climate (Skolstrejk for klimatet) is a global movement of school students taking days off school during term times on Fridays to participate in demonstrations in cities demanding climate action from political leaders. The movement was born when Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg spent August 2018 protesting outside the Swedish Riksdag parliament building and has spread globally. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
A dog walks on a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Tiquipaya, Bolivia, February 22, 2020. REUTERS/Danilo Balderrama
Storm Dennis causes flooding to the Monmouth area in South Wales, Britain February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Teenage Climate Crisis activists from various climate activism groups protesting in Westminster during the first UK Students Strike Over Climate Change march of 2020 on February 14, 2020 in London, England. The school strike for the climate (Skolstrejk for klimatet) is a global movement of school students taking days off school during term times on Fridays to participate in demonstrations in cities demanding climate action from political leaders. The movement was born when Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg spent August 2018 protesting outside the Swedish Riksdag parliament building and has spread globally. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14, 2020: Young environmentalists hold placards during the protest at Parliament Square in London. Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets in cities around the world to call for greater action from governments to tackle the climate crisis. Several such coordinated global events have since been held, with worldwide climate activism over the past year further bolstered by the tandem growth of the Extinction Rebellion movement, whose direct action protests are set to continue throughout 2020.- PHOTOGRAPH BY David Cliff / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read David Cliff / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Dead tunas on the beach of the island of Buda as a result of the damage caused by storm Gloria. The island is a protected park and was completely submerged for more than 48 hours. All fields, where rice is grown, have been salinized. The island, which is the largest in Catalonia, has lost more than 200m in length from the sea. The Ebro Delta area is one of the most vulnerable areas to the climate crisis on January 27, 2020 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images)
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Rice crops flooded with seawater as a result of the storm Gloria. The island is a protected park and was completely submerged for more than 48 hours. All fields, where rice is grown, have been salinized. The island, which is the largest in Catalonia, has lost more than 200m in length from the sea. The Ebro Delta area is one of the most vulnerable areas to the climate crisis on January 27, 2020 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images)
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Rice crops flooded with seawater as a result of the storm Gloria. The island is a protected park and was completely submerged for more than 48 hours. All fields, where rice is grown, have been salinized. The island, which is the largest in Catalonia, has lost more than 200m in length from the sea. The Ebro Delta area is one of the most vulnerable areas to the climate crisis on January 27, 2020 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images)
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Detail of the flood passage as a result of the storm Gloria. The island is a protected park and was completely submerged for more than 48 hours. All fields, where rice is grown, have been salinized. The island, which is the largest in Catalonia, has lost more than 200m in length from the sea. The Ebro Delta area is one of the most vulnerable areas to the climate crisis on January 27, 2020 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images)
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Detail of the flood passage as a result of the storm Gloria. The island is a protected park and was completely submerged for more than 48 hours. All fields, where rice is grown, have been salinized. The island, which is the largest in Catalonia, has lost more than 200m in length from the sea. The Ebro Delta area is one of the most vulnerable areas to the climate crisis on January 27, 2020 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images)
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: A dead horse as a result of the storm Gloria. The island is a protected park and was completely submerged for more than 48 hours. All fields, where rice is grown, have been salinized. The island, which is the largest in Catalonia, has lost more than 200m in length from the sea. The Ebro Delta area is one of the most vulnerable areas to the climate crisis on January 27, 2020 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Extinction Rebellion Activists from theatric performance group 'The Red Brigade' wearing black for the first time ever to represent global oil spills, join numerous other environmental climate crisis protest groups protesting BP sponsorship of cultural exhibitions under the banner of ‘BP Must Fall’ using the theme of the current Greek mythology Trojan War exhibition at The British Museum on February 8, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Extinction Rebellion Activists from theatric performance group 'The Red Brigade' wearing black for the first time ever to represent global oil spills, join numerous other environmental climate crisis protest groups protesting BP sponsorship of cultural exhibitions under the banner of ‘BP Must Fall’ using the theme of the current Greek mythology Trojan War exhibition at The British Museum on February 8, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
This picture taken on January 26, 2020, shows deep cracks in the bottom of the Studena Dam, near the city of Pernik, about 30 kilometres from the capital Sofia. - Located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, the massif overlooking Sofia, the Studena Dam is practically empty. The 97,000 inhabitants of Pernik and several surrounding towns are rationed since November 2019 and have access to a cloudy and non-drinking water only six hours a day. (Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP) (Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP via Getty Images)
This picture taken on January 26, 2020, shows a general view of the Studena Dam, near the city of Pernik, about 30 kilometres from the capital Sofia. - Located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, the massif overlooking Sofia, the Studena Dam is practically empty. The 97,000 inhabitants of Pernik and several surrounding towns are rationed since November 2019 and have access to a cloudy and non-drinking water only six hours a day. (Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP) (Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP via Getty Images)
Disappearing coast caused by rising sea levels Happisburg Norfolk UK. (Photo by: Avalon/UIG via Getty Images)
A protest in the Osney area of Oxford claiming climate change is to blame for the floods ravaging the country this summer.
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Antarctica is known to be Earth's coldest, windiest and driest continent and the average annual temperature ranges from roughly minus 80C in winter to 10C in summer.

Now, NASA has released two images of the Eagle Island – some 40km away from the Argentinian base and just off the mainland – showing how the recent heatwave has impacted ice caps, which have melted into the ocean causing melt ponds to start appearing on the island.

According to NASA, the February heatwave was the third major melt event of the 2019-20 summer, after warm spells were recorded in November 2019 and January 2020.

"I haven't seen melt ponds develop this quickly in Antarctica," glaciologist Mauri Pelto said in a press release issued by NASA.

"You see these kinds of melt events in Alaska and Greenland, but not usually in Antarctica."

Mr Pelto also added these particular weather events aren't especially significant in Antarctica, however the fact they are occurring more frequently is.

From February 6 to February 11, Eagle Island lost over 10 centimetres of snow and nearby glaciers also experienced widespread melting.

-This article first appeared on Yahoo

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