October weather forecast

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Weather in October

October in Antarctica marks the continuation of the spring season, bringing a gradual rise in temperatures and increase in sunlight. Coastal areas experience temperatures between -15°C (5°F) and -10°C (14°F), while the interior remains much colder, with temperatures around -60°C (-76°F).

Research stations like McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole also record a slight increase in temperatures. At McMurdo Station, temperatures hover around -15°C (5°F), while the South Pole Station experiences temperatures of -60°C (-76°F).

The sea ice begins to retract in October, though the continent remains largely inaccessible by conventional sea travel. As a result, tourism is minimal during this period.

In terms of wildlife, October is an important month for emperor penguins. The chicks start to grow their waterproof feathers, preparing for the harsher conditions and the limited food supply of the coming months. Other migratory birds also begin to return to the Antarctic coast.

Compared to September, October is slightly warmer and has longer daylight hours. Looking ahead to November, the weather continues to improve. Temperatures rise further, and daylight hours increase, setting the stage for the approaching summer season.

  • Artigas Base - October »
    On the last day of October, in Artigas Base, sunrise is at 20:33 and sunset at 12:44 NZDT. As October arrives, Artigas Base's weather shows an increase in high-temperatures, moving from September's life-threatening cold -56°C (-68.8°F) to a still dangerously cold -49°C (-56.2°F).
  • McMurdo - October »
    In McMurdo during October, snow falls for 14.5 days and regularly aggregates up to 135mm (5.31") of snow. In McMurdo during October, the rain falls for 3.2 days and regularly aggregates up to 10mm (0.39") of precipitation.
  • Snow Hill Island - October »
    October in Snow Hill Island showcases a minor temperature ascent, adjusting from September's frigid cold -13°C (8.6°F) to a subzero cold -9°C (15.8°F). During October, Snow Hill Island's temperature averages to an arctic cold -16°C (3.2°F) at night.


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