Weather in Antarctica

Antarctica is accessible only during the austral summer season from November to March, during which sea ice melts enough to allow access, coastal temperatures can rise up to highs of 14ºC (57ºF) and there is sunlight during the day. During the winter, the sea is impassable, temperatures can fall to -40ºC and it's pitch dark.

The above temperatures apply to the islands and coastal regions that tourists ordinarily visit. Temperatures in the interior, such as the South Pole, are far harsher, with summer highs of around -15ºC (5ºF) and winter lows plummeting to -80ºC (-112ºF).

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