Many towns posted their highest temperatures since records began, sometimes as high as 45 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures in parts of Argentina and its South American neighbors have been hitting record highs as the region experiences a historic heat wave.
“Almost the whole of Argentina and neighboring countries like Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay are experiencing the hottest days on record,” said Cindy Fernandez, a meteorologist with Argentina’s official National Weather Service.
Many towns and cities posted their highest temperatures since records began, with some areas reaching as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
“In Argentina, from Patagonia In the north of the country, recorded calorific values reached or exceeded 40 degrees,” Fernandez said.
Heat and prolonged drought hit crops in food producing countries, although cooler temperatures are expected to bring a period of rain next week, cooling plants and humans.
The record-breaking heat has also strained the country’s power grid, according to local media.
In the province of Buenos Aires around the capital, more than 75,000 customers were without electricity on Friday, Clarins ReportArgentina’s electricity consumption hit a record high Friday afternoon, the newspaper said.
“It’s another hell of a day,” Elisabeth Bassin told Reuters as she waited for a bus in Buenos Aires. “However, we had a week of hot weather and it was like the body was used to that heat.”
Emanuel Moreno, who delivered the soft drink, said he was working in the heat but had to keep hydrating.
“Honestly, it’s really hot and heavy, although you don’t realise that much when you’re working. You realise you’re very thirsty and you have to drink a lot of water, water and more water, because if you If you don’t, you can’t continue,” he said.
U.S. government scientists reported Thursday that 2021 6th warmest year on record, they put the blame directly on climate change.
US scientists say the past eight years have been the warmest, and the past decade has been the warmest since records began in 1880.
Meteorologist Fernandez said a warm air mass formed over Argentina just in the middle of summer in the southern hemisphere.
“We have many days with clear skies, very strong solar radiation, and Extreme drought in Argentina It’s been about two years,” she said. “That means the soil is very dry, and dry soil heats up a lot more than wet soil. “