By 2004 Scott Base had changed a great deal since it was set up in 1957. Extended and rebuilt in the 1970s and 1980s, it was substantially larger and more comfortable. Numbers there at any one time varied between nine, during winter, and 112 (a very full house on special occasions). Some people spent the equivalent of years at the base. Despite the increased comfort, Antarctica remained a very cold and windy place. On an exceptionally warm day the temperature might reach 7.5°C, while on a cold day it could dip as low as -57°C. Winds of more than 180 kilometres an hour were experienced.
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