Does it ever rain in Antarctica?

24th September 2009

Asked by: GLYN WOGAN, MONMOUTH

Despite having sub-zero average temperatures, coastal Antarctica is sometimes above freezing, allowing rain to fall. For example, the British Antarctic Survey’s base at Rothera has around 30 days’ rain a year. But further inland, and at the South Pole, the temperature is permanently below freezing, and so it only ever snows.

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