Brave Aussie swimmers take a dip in Antarctica to mark the winter solstice in -23 degrees of weather

Come in, the water is much warmer than the sky! Aussie scientist ignores -23 C temperatures to take the plunge into ANTARCTICA – to mark the winter solstice

  • Australians on an expedition in Antarctica braved the cold winter solstice
  • More than 70 more expeditioners at three research stations took the icy dive
  • Temperatures dropped to -23 ° C temperatures on the ice and 1.5 ° C in the water
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Most people don't intend to take a dive when it's minus 23C outside – but Australian researchers working in Antarctica threw themselves into Friday's winter solstice.

To mark the shortest day of the year, more than 70 scientists who worked at Australia's three Antarctic research stations came together for the traditional icy dive.

They also all laughed about having their hearts racing in the water by scientists on Macquarie Island – a sub-Antarctic island between Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.

But researchers who took the plunge would have found the water a little warmer in the water – with the temperature a & # 39; sultry & # 39; 1.5 degrees in the water.

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Pictured: Weather Observer Amy Geels made sure she kept her head warm

Pictured: Weather Observer Amy Geels made sure she kept her head warm

Electrician Joe Burton takes a dip in an ice hole as part of mid-winter celebrations in Davis, Australia's research station, where it is -23 degrees Celsius on ice and -1.5 degrees Celsius in water

Electrician Joe Burton takes a dip in an ice hole as part of mid-winter celebrations in Davis, Australia's research station, where it is -23 degrees Celsius on ice and -1.5 degrees Celsius in water

Electrician Joe Burton takes a dip in an ice hole as part of mid-winter celebrations in Davis, Australia's research station, where it is -23 degrees Celsius on ice and -1.5 degrees Celsius in water

To make the water feel colder, dozens of other researchers watched comfortably, covered from head to toe in puffer jackets with hoods.

& # 39; Believe me you know you are alive & # 39; as Davis research station leader Simon Goninon says you have to go for the smugglers of your budgie (in this weather).

& # 39; It's one of those things, you know it might poke a little, but it's an opportunity you'll remember forever. & # 39;

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Mr. Goninon is planning to jump into the water on Saturday.

Among the brave swimmers on Friday were Electrician Joe Burton, Plumber Dan Gough and Weather Observer Amy Geels.

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year when the South Pole is tilted furthest from the sun.

Australian researchers working in Antarctica have taken the leap to the winter solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year

Australian researchers working in Antarctica have taken the leap to the winter solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year

Australian researchers working in Antarctica have taken the leap to the winter solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year

Plumber Dan Gough braved the icy waters and plunged into the 1.5C water
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Plumber Dan Gough braved the icy waters and plunged into the 1.5C water

Plumber Dan Gough braved the icy waters and plunged into the 1.5C water

The Midwinter day is one of the most anticipated times on the Antarctic calendar and has long been a reason for joy for ancient and modern explorers.

Researchers at the three Antarctic research stations in Australia are exchanging gifts and having a party as part of traditional celebrations.

& # 39; This is a turning point for our team and it also means that the sun will return to the continent soon after having lived in the twilight for weeks while the sun has started shaving just below the horizon, & # 39; said Goninon.

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