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Christmas Brings South Pole Hottest Day on Record January 6, 2012
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, and the ice sheet it is built on, are drifting about 30 feet per year past the geographic South Pole.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station recorded its all-time record high temperature of 9.9 degrees Fahrenheit above zero on Dec. 25.

That was a heatwave compared to the station’s record low of minus 117 degrees in 1982.

The previous all-time record high was plus 7.5 degrees on Dec. 12, 1978.

Records at the South Pole go back to 1957, when the first permanent structure was erected there.

Photo: National Science Foundation