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Does it ever rain in Antarctica?

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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

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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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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.

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