Does it ever rain in Antarctica? © Getty Images

Does it ever rain in Antarctica?

Despite having the coldest climate on Earth, sometimes temperatures rise high enough above freezing to allow for rain in some parts Antartica.

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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