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July 19, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Cold Snap Hits Argentina

While those of us in the northern hemisphere are in the heat of summer, the southern hemisphere is in the middle of winter and it sure is a cold one in Argentina. For the past week they have been hit hard by a cold snap which so far has killed nine people. Most of the victims were homeless people who died of hypothermia in the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires. Deaths have also been reported in Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia. It looks like the winter weather will continue today in Buenos Aires with cold temperatures, high winds and heavy rains.

A cold front moving north from Antarctica has brought frigid temperatures to the southern half of South America. Image: ImpactWeather

Yesterday, temperatures dipped below zero degrees Celsius (32ºF) in 10 of the country’s provinces. Half the country is covered in snow and on Friday the capital recorded its lowest temperatures in a decade as mercury fell to -1.5ºC (29ºF).

The unusually cold winter weather has caused flight cancellations and delays at the Buenos Aires airport as well as record demands on gas and electricity.

It’s interesting to note the unusually cold winter weather in South America does happen to follow one of the coldest winters in years for many parts of the northern hemisphere.

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