Blistering heatwave grips Argentina: power outages, gas shortages reported from increased demand

January 5, 2013ARGENTINAA blistering heat wave, power outages and a fuel shortage added up Tuesday to a second day of hellish conditions in Greater Buenos Aires, home to about a quarter of Argentina’s 40 million people. Amid a plethora of recommendations by the authorities on how to deal with the soaring temperatures, which on Tuesday were expected to reach 36 C (97 F), people took refuge in any shade they could find to get out of the blazing heat of the Argentine summer. The National Meteorological Service renewed this Tuesday a high alert for the Argentine capital and its surrounding areas due to the high temperatures, which created scenes the total opposite of those seen these days in snowbound Europe and the United States. “The city of Buenos Aires (with its 2.8 million inhabitants) has a summer average of 90 deaths per day but, for example, during the heat wave at the beginning of 2001 it went up to 250 deaths in a single day,” the weather service warned on its Web site. “Given that high temperatures will continue throughout the week, we ask the population to avoid as much as possible exposing themselves to sun rays and to drink a lot of water,” Argentine Health Minister Juan Manzur said, urging people to seek medical attention if they develop such symptoms as high fever, drowsiness, fainting or a racing pulse. Added to the suffocating heat, the climatic phenomenon La Niña has spread drought across vast areas of the Buenos Aires and La Pampa provinces, the richest agricultural region of a country that is one of the world’s top grain exporters. Sources in the farming sector believe that the lack of rain could continue until March, with the consequent loss of soybean and corn crops. The heat wave also set a “historic record” in consumption of electricity, according to the public utilities involved, to the point that in numerous Buenos Aires neighborhoods and urban districts there were power outages in the last few days that sparked bitter protests. The Association for the Defense of User and Consumer Rights warned that 40 percent of the customers of Edenor, Edesur and Edelap, the distributors of electric energy in Greater Buenos Aires, suffered blackouts or diminished power. But the utilities said there were only a few isolated cases of power outages in an area of some 600 square kilometers (230 square miles). Dozens of traffic lights in the capital were not working, so the city government asked drivers and pedestrians to use “extreme caution” in proceeding through the streets, which in many cases were blocked by the now-customary marches protesting any number of offenses and inconveniences. The sun blazed like molten metal on downtown Buenos Aires, where the starting point was being prepared for the Dakar rally scheduled for Saturday, while pickets of the poor and unemployed blocked one of the expressways into the city. Automobile traffic also appeared threatened by the fuel shortage, reflected in long lines of cars at the gasoline pumps. “There’s no gas anywhere. If I don’t fill up now I can’t work today,” a taxi driver lamented on a local radio station, saying that he was out “hunting” for gasoline. The fuel shortage is due to the increased demand of consumers traveling to other parts of the country to spend the year-end holidays and summer vacations, as well as the ordinary delays in distribution due to the Christmas festivities. –LAHT  
Polar bear dies from heatstroke: The last remaining polar bear at Buenos Aires Zoo has died after overheating in soaring summer temperatures. ‘Winner,’ who was one of best loved attractions at the zoo, is believed to have been unable to control its body temperature in the extreme heat of the Argentinean summer and died of heatstroke. The animal, which was covered in heavy fur to cope with freezing conditions in its native Arctic habitat, was also believed to have been frightened by the noise from fireworks let off to celebrate Christmas Eve. The animals used to live in a pool but their cage was improved in 1993 when a 145,000-litre pool was built along with a site for birthing and three security rings. The zoo said in a statement that it had been visited by experts and met all international regulations to house polar bears. –Daily Mail
contribution by Patricia L.
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11 Responses to Blistering heatwave grips Argentina: power outages, gas shortages reported from increased demand

  1. Karen says:

    Amazing… I live in central Florida and 97 degrees is a norm in the summer time. It’s hot, but in order to really FEEL the heat it needs to be humid as well. Feel sorry for those who may not be used to it.

  2. The Bible says, in the last days the sun will scorch men’s heads. Sure sounds like it’s happening. Also everything that can be shaken, will be shaken. That is happening too, not to mention all the other signs. Look up brother’s and sister’s. Your redemption draweth nigh! Praise Yehushuwah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Garth Colin Whelan says:

      That is the fourth bowl of God’s wrath… if the judgments coming upon the earth are in chronological order (which I believe they are), then there are also believe it won’t be just temperatures a little higher, but will be hot enough melt tires, kill anyone caught in it, and even though the bible doesn’t give scientific explanations as to ‘How’, we can see how it could most likely happen. Imagine a coronal hole at the same place where a large sunspot is crackling, and the earth’s pole have shifted significantly enough, that they no longer protect us from harmful rays.

    • Irene C says:

      I agree teresa. As much as I worry and pray for those who will be left behind and totally clueless, I’m so ready for our Lord to come. Maranatha

  3. richfish30 says:

    It seems that as soon as we hit 2013 intense heat waves started gripping parts of the world…very strange! Besides Australia, and Argentina, Brazil is also going through its worst drought in decades…the links below..
    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/04/16350612-worst-drought-in-decades-hits-brazils-northeast?lite

  4. sue says:

    In a recent message given to an Irish visionary Maria when he appeared to her, Jesus warns that the world is now going into a period of extreme weather events and physical changes as well as disasters. See “the warning second coming” website.

  5. dan says:

    well its forecast to hit 46 c where i live in Australia this week,now that is fucken hot !!!
    and yes it has been unusually hot in Australia this summer…..

  6. Changes all over the planet, we are in a form of slow destruction. Earthquakes and volcanoes are becoming active. Heatwaves and extreme colds in places that haven’t had it in ages. Cracks in the earth, weird loud sounds in the skies, all over the world and also sinkholes. A shift seems to be happening. God promised if we would humble ourselves and pray, he would heal our land. I am afraid, too many have turned their back on God and only care about their precious THINGS! Give your heart to Yeshuah(Jesus) and ask forgiveness and pray for Jerusalem and our land!!!

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