Argentina, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay are facing scorching temperatures this week. The symbolic 50 ° C mark may be reached or approached these days.
South America is currently in the middle of summer, and January is usually the hottest month of the year. But after suffering a first wave ofof severe intensity last week, the south of the continent, especially Argentina, suffocated again under extreme temperatures. This weekend, the agricultural regions of southern will be affected by peaks of 48 ° C, or even locally perhaps 50 ° C, which would give rise to an absolute record of heat recorded for the country.
An unbelievable heatwave will befall the agricultural region of Argentina (maximum expected between 47 & 50 ° C *!). The country’s (reliable) national record was 47.3 ° C at Campo Gallo on Oct. 16, 1936.
Corn, soybeans & vines are (pre) flowering, raising fears of an agricultural disaster. pic.twitter.com/HJlfp6P0hs
– Dr. Serge Zaka (Dr. Zarge) (@SergeZaka) January 10, 2022
The La Niña phenomenon involved
The years marked by, a warm temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, generally coincide with the worst years of in southern Argentina. The phenomenon still has very marked consequences on South America, with wetter than normal weather in the north (floods in Brazil) and drought in the south, in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, probably accentuated by the of recent years.