Weather Antarctica is the world's coldest, windiest and driest continent. The lowest temperature ever recorded on earth was -89.6ºF, at the Antarctica's Russian Vostok station on the inland ice cap. All this said, during the summer months, the temperatures are surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20º and 50ºF. Expect wind, and perhaps precipitation, but also be ready for brilliant sunshine.
Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica . This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert; The average yearly total preci pitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, ice.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, With an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.
We direct travelers to our travel insurance provider, and point out that U.S. insurance plans seldom cover health costs outside the U.S., nor do Medicare and Medicaid.