Wednesday, May 18

Weather. Argentina breaks heat records, 700,000 homes without electricity

It is a historic and long-lasting heatwave that strikes South America this week, in midsummer, and Argentina in particular: on Tuesday, the temperature reached 41.1 degrees in Buenos Aires.

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According to the servicio meteorológico nacional (SMN), the equivalent of Météo France, it had never been so hot for 65 years in the capital of the country, yet located on the Atlantic coast. In January 1957, 43.3 degrees had been reached, the record since the start of the readings in 1906. According to the SMN, there will be a slight drop in temperature this Wednesday before a resurgence on Thursday and Friday, where 40 degrees could be reached again.

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This heat wave had significant consequences for residents on Tuesday: a record demand for electricity, in particular to operate air conditioning, coupled with fires, deprived up to 700,000 homes of electricity in this metropolis by more than 14 million inhabitants, reported The nation.

“The service was interrupted after the demand for electricity exceeded 27,000 megawatts and while it was on the verge of breaking a new consumption record, just two weeks after the previous peak of 27,088 megawatts”, details the conservative daily . “In just 20 minutes, consumption fell to 24,450 MW, which testifies to the massive cut in service, according to real-time data published by Cammesa, the company responsible for distributing electricity,” he continues.

The ENRE online service, the network operator, has itself ceased to function.

28,000 homes were still without electricity on Wednesday.

Traffic lights and businesses affected

“Due to the hot weather, even the traffic lights stopped working, causing chaos in the city”, reports the RFI correspondent to Buenos Aires.

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The stores were also at a standstill, according to the traders met by RFI: “I cannot cash the items, I do not know all the prices, so that complicates my life a lot. We cannot sell anything, we cannot can do nothing “, explained a Venezuelan trader who had left her country in particular to escape power cuts.

Reference-www.leprogres.fr

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