Argentina turns into an “oven” as it is exposed to a record heat wave

This puts severe pressure on the electricity networks and forces residents to seek shade to avoid the scorching heat, according to Reuters.

With temperatures hovering around 45 degrees Celsius in parts of the South American country, hundreds of thousands of people were without power when distribution networks broke down in and around the densely populated capital, Buenos Aires.

“I came home and there was no electricity and the house was an oven. So I took them to their grandmother’s house for a swim in the pool,” said Jose Casabal, 42, who took his children to a cooler place.

Argentina has warmed more than parts of Australia, where temperatures have cooled at night. The hot, dry weather in Argentina, caused by the La Niña phenomenon, has damaged crops, making the country the hottest place on Earth today, for several hours of the day.

“It was very hot until the early morning, the temperature was around 31 degrees Celsius,” said Gustavo Barrios, 34, from Tigre, while sitting in the shade of some trees.

“I don’t have an air conditioner at home and we have a fan that moves the hot air. It’s unbearable,” he added.

Local officials warned residents to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, and to wear light clothing while staying hydrated.

“We have to be very careful these days,” said Oracio Rodriguez Laretta, mayor of Buenos Aires.

For some, the wave has raised questions about climate change and more extreme weather. In the past few years, Argentina has experienced a large number of wildfires around the delta of the country’s main Paraná River and the river’s level has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 80 years.

“I was born here and the climate was always mild and I saw how the temperature changed over the years. It’s not what we’re used to,” said Marta Loroso, 59, an architect.

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