Argentine cities are buzzing in the middle of ‘hottest days in history’

People cool off in Rio de la Plata in the middle of a summer heat wave in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 14, 2022.Maria De Fina / The Associated Press

Cities and towns in Argentina and neighboring countries in South America have set record highs as the region swells during a historic heat wave.

“Virtually all of Argentina and also neighboring countries like Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay are experiencing the hottest days in history,” said Cindy Fernandez, a meteorologist at the official National Meteorological Service.

Many cities have posted their highest temperatures since records began, with some zones warming up to 45 degrees Celsius, according to the weather service.

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

The heat and a prolonged drought have hit the grain-producing country’s crops, although there is hope that an expected temperature drop next week will bring a period of rainfall to cool both plants and humans.

“It’s another hell of a day,” Elizabeth Bassin said as she waited for a bus in Buenos Aires. “But well, we’re living through a week of hot weather, and it’s almost as if the body is getting used to the heat.”

Emanuel Moreno, who provided soft drinks, said he worked through the heat but had to keep hydrating.

“True, it’s really hot and heavy, but when you work, you do not understand 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 do not, you can not continue, ”he said.

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

“We have many days with clear skies where solar radiation is very intense and in a context of extreme drought, Argentina has been through for about two years,” she said.

“This means that the soil is very dry, and soil that is dry is heated much more than soil that is moist.”

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