The daytime temperature in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, soared to 30.1 degrees on August 2.
That’s a sudden jump of more than 15 degrees when the average daytime temperature in early August, in the dead of winter, is usually within 15 degrees.
It was an all-time record high, surpassing the August 1942 high of 24.6 degrees, which had been 81 years in the making.
[Valeria/Buenos Aires resident: “Honestly, I’m worried, because when it’s over 30 degrees in the middle of winter, it means there’s a lot going on with the environment.”]
In the same southern hemisphere country, Chile, temperatures rose to 38.7 degrees in the mountainous city of Vicuña, while daytime temperatures in parts of Paraguay hit 37 degrees.
The wintertime anomalies in the southern hemisphere are thought to be caused by strong high pressure, including the El Niño phenomenon, which causes ocean temperatures to rise.
[Leonel/Chilean: “The weather has changed, it usually rains a lot around this time of year, but now it’s too hot.”]
The Northern Hemisphere heatwave is also showing no end in sight.
As the hot, dry desert parches further, wildfires in the Mojave Desert in California, USA, have burned 331 square kilometers in five days.
That’s about half the size of Seoul.
Pillars of fire are also being seen in some areas as intense smoke meets gusty winds.
[Lisa Calderwood/Californian: “It’s scary, especially when the winds are strong, because the flames grow and get out of control, so people’s lives are at risk.”]
Wildfires caused by dry weather and heat waves also took a toll in Greece last month, 먹튀검증토토사이트 where the country’s prime minister promised to give a week’s free vacation to tourists whose vacations were ruined by wildfires.