Argentina hit with record-high temperatures for winter

One city in Salta experienced a jaw-dropping 39 degrees Celsius

Record-high winter temperatures in Argentina. Credit: Télam

Several weeks after an excessive cold warning, Argentina experienced the reverse.

On Wednesday, more than half of the country reported temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, with the city of Rivadavia in the northern province of Salta clocking in the highest number at 39 degrees. 

According to the National Meteorological Service, Tuesday’s 30.1 degrees in Buenos Aires city marked the capital’s hottest start of August in 117 years. The National Meteorological Service tweeted that the previous highest August temperature on record in  Buenos Aires was 24.6 in 1942. Tuesday’s heat was more than five degrees warmer.

They further reported that the over 30 degree temperature measurement in the winter in Buenos Aires was the first of its kind since 2014.

This follows a cold advisory issued by the National Meteorological services mere weeks ago warning of sub zero temperatures across the nation.

Argentina experienced a similar phenomenon in February where the temperatures swung to both extremes. In what is usually one of the nation’s summer months, temperatures plunged from a heat wave’s mark  of 38.1 degrees to only 7.9 in Buenos Aires within five days.

Thursday’s weather marked more of a return to the winter norm, with the high in Buenos Aires reported to be 13 degrees.


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