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Cities and towns across southern South America have recorded record high temperatures as the region swelters during a historic heat wave.

“Almost all of Argentina and neighboring countries like Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay are experiencing the hottest days in history,” said Cindy Fernández, meteorologist with the official National Weather Service.

Many cities posted their highest temperatures since records began, with some areas heating up to 45C (113F), according to the weather service.

“In Argentina, from central Patagonia to the north of the country, recorded thermal values ​​reach or exceed 40 degrees,” Fernández said.

Heat and a prolonged drought have hit crops in the grain-producing country, but it is hoped that a drop in temperature expected next week will bring a spell of rain to cool plants and people.

“It’s another hellish day,” Elizabeth Bassin said as she waited for a bus in Buenos Aires. “But hey, we’re living through a week of heat waves and it’s almost as if the body is getting used to this heat.”

Emanuel Moreno, who delivered soft drinks, said he was working despite the heat but needed to keep hydrated.

“In truth, it is really hot and heavy, even if when you work you don’t realize it. You realize you are very thirsty and you need to drink lots of water, water and more water because if you don’t you can’t go on,” he said. declared.

Fernández said a warm air mass formed over Argentina in the middle of summer in the southern hemisphere.

“We have many days of clear skies where the solar radiation is very intense and in a context of extreme drought that Argentina has been going through for about two years,” she said.

“That means the ground is very dry, and dry ground heats up much more than wet ground.”

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