Record temperatures expected in South America

Argentina, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay are facing scorching temperatures this week. The symbolic 50 ° C mark may be reached or approached these days.

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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 of heat of severe intensity last week, the south of the continent, especially Argentina, suffocated again under extreme temperatures. This weekend, the agricultural regions of southernArgentine 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.

Argentina will then be the hottest area in the world for a few hours. In this region known for its vast cultures of But, the 35 to 40 ° C will be exceeded almost everywhere until the weekend. In Buenos Aires, the mercure should rise to 38 ° C. In general, temperatures are around 10 to 12 ° C above seasonal averages. Drought has been raging for several months in this area and agricultural experts estimate that only 30% of current crops are still in good condition.

The La Niña phenomenon involved

The years marked by the La Niña phenomenon, a anomaly warm temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, generally coincide with the worst years of drought in southern Argentina. The phenomenon The girl 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 global warming of recent years.

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