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Weather in Antarctica

The weather at Antarctic stations can change very quickly from brilliant sunshine to raging storm.  Spectacular weather phenomena are often visible, ranging from halos round the Sun to the brockenspectre, whilst the aurora lights up the night sky.

Atmosphere
Observing and measuring the different layers of the atmosphere in Antarctica

Aurora
The southern lights, or aurora australis, and where they can be seen

Clouds
How clouds form and what types of clouds can be seen in Antarctica

Phenomena
Types of weather phenomena seen in Antarctica, including auroras, halos and brockenspectre

Snow
How snowflakes form, how much and where snow falls in Antarctica

Temperatures
Summer and winter temperatures in Antarctica, temperatures at the coast and interior, coldest temperature recorded

Wind
Wind speeds experienced at different sites in Antarctica

A selection of weather and other meteorological data is available on our Met Data page.