‘Another hellish day’: Argentina swelters under record heat wave | Weather News

Many cities are recording their highest temperatures since record keeping began, sometimes as high as 45°C.

Parts of Argentina and neighboring countries in South America have set record high temperatures as the region suffers a 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 Fernandez, a meteorologist with Argentina’s official National Meteorological Service.

Several towns have recorded their highest temperatures since record-keeping began, with some areas soaring as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit), according to the Weather Service.

“In Argentina, from central Patagonia to the north of the country, thermal values ​​​​up to or exceeding 40 degrees are recorded,” Fernandez said.

Heat and prolonged drought have affected the country’s grain-producing crops, although there is hope that the expected drop in temperature next week will lead to a period of rain to cool both plants and people.

Local media reported that the record-breaking heat is also straining the country’s electricity grid.

Clarin newspaper reported that more than 75,000 users in the Buenos Aires province surrounding the capital did not have electricity on Friday. The newspaper said that Argentina recorded the highest level of electricity consumption ever on Friday afternoon.

“It’s another hellish day,” Elizabeth Bassin told Reuters while waiting for a bus in Buenos Aires. “But well, we’re through a week of hot weather and it’s as if the body is getting used to that heat.”

Emanuel Moreno, who was dispensing the soft drink, said he was working in the high temperatures but had to keep hydrated.

“Honestly, it’s really hot and heavy, even though you don’t realize much when you work. You realize you’re very thirsty and you have to drink a lot of water and water and more water because if you don’t, you can’t keep going.”

Scientists from the US government reported Thursday that 2021 was the sixth warmest year on record, and they directly blame climate change.

American scientists have said that the past eight years have been the hottest, and the last decade has been the warmest since record-keeping began in 1880.

A warm air mass formed over Argentina, in the middle of the southern hemisphere summer, said meteorologist Fernandez.

“We have many days of clear skies where the solar radiation is very intense and in the context of the severe drought that Argentina has been going through for about two years,” she said. “This means that the soil is very dry, and that the dry land warms much more than the wet soil.”

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