“Another hellish day”: Argentina suffers a record heat wave

Parts of Argentina and neighboring South American countries have been reaching record temperatures As the region suffers historic heat wave.

“Practically all of Argentina and also neighboring countries such as Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay are experiencing the hottest days in history,” said Cindy Fernández, meteorologist with the official National Weather Service of Argentina.

Many towns have recorded their highest temperatures since record-keeping began, with some areas warming as high as 45C (113F), according to the weather service.

“In Argentina, from the center of Patagonia to the north of the country, thermal values ​​are being recorded that are reaching or exceeding 40 degrees,” Fernández said.

Heat and a prolonged drought have hit crops in the grain-producing country, though there is hope that an expected drop in temperatures next week will bring a spell of rain to cool both plants and people.

The record heat is also straining the country’s power grid, local media reported.

Extreme heat in Argentina

Extreme heat in Argentina.

In the province of Buenos Aires, around the capital, more than 75,000 users did not have electricity on Friday, newspaper Clarín reported. Argentina recorded its highest level of electricity consumption in history on Friday afternoon, the newspaper said.

“It’s another day from hell,” Elizabeth Bassin told the Reuters news agency as she waited for a bus in Buenos Aires. “But hey, we live a week of heat and it’s almost as if the body is getting used to that heat.”

Emanuel Moreno, who was handing out refreshments, said he was working through the heat but had to keep hydrating.

“The truth is that it is very hot and heavy, although when you are working you don’t realize so much. You realize that you are very thirsty and you have to drink a lot of water, water and more water because if you don’t you can’t go on,” he said.

High temperatures due to climate change

As we mentioned in AmericanPost.News, US government scientists reported Thursday that 2021 was the sixth-warmest year on record, blaming climate change squarely.

The last eight years were the eight hottest and the last decade was the hottest since records began in 1880, US scientists said.

Fernández, the meteorologist, said that a mass of warm air had formed over Argentina, right in the middle of the southern hemisphere summer.

“We are having many days of clear skies where solar radiation is very intense and in a context of extreme drought that Argentina has been going through for about two years,” he said. “This means the ground is very dry, and dry ground gets much hotter than wet ground.”

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