The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track global extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: Going into Emergency Mode for the Environment
Dear Diary. While the Northern Hemisphere has been getting its usual winter reprieve from deadly heat, portions of the Southern Hemisphere have been experiencing blistering temperatures, beyond what is typical for summer. This week it is Argentina’s turn to get poked with climate crisis excess heat:
I’ve noticed in the last couple of years that in the Southern Hemisphere Australia and Argentina have been the most susceptible to deadly heatwaves. Of course, those two countries are among the largest of the few that dot the southern half of our world. We will see if that trend continues into the 2020’s.
Here are a couple of articles from the Buenos Aires Times and Nasdaq, detailing the severity of the coming heat:
Argentina braces for heatwave, with temperatures set to pass 40°C
An extreme heatwave is expected to hit Argentina next week, with experts warning temperatures may soar above 40°C in parts of the country.
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO SOAR IN ARGENTINA NEXT WEEK. | CEDOC/PROFILE
An extreme heatwave is expected to hit Argentina next week, with experts warning temperatures may soar above 40°C in parts of the provinces of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Santa Fe, Entre Rios and Santiago del Estero.
According to a specialist weather company, some of the aforementioned places could become the hottest places on the planet for a few hours.
According to an extended forecast issued by the National Meteorological Service (SMN), temperatures will rise over the next few days, comfortably exceeding 35°C in the central region of the country and some parts of the northwest.
In Buenos Aires City, the SMN forecast that it could reach 36°C next Tuesday and Wednesday (January 11 and 12), though higher temperatures are not ruled out.
In the city of Cordoba – one of the cities expected to suffer the most – a maximum temperature of 39°C is forecast for Monday, with extreme heat lasting until Wednesday, with minimum temperatures not expected to drop below 22°C. A similar situation is expected for the cities of Santa Fe and Paraná, according to the SMN, while in Santiago del Estero the temperature could reach 42°C.
Meanwhile, a forecast made by the Czech firm Windy, specializing in weather forecasting, is similar. On its interactive map, it anticipates that as of 2pm next Tuesday, the center of Argentina will become the hottest region in the world for a few hours.
Heat wave to hit Argentina, further stressing corn, soybean crops
CREDIT: REUTERS/AGUSTIN MARCARIAN
By Maximilian Heath
BUENOS AIRES, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Most of Argentina’s agricultural region will be hit in the coming days by a heat wave accompanied by little or no rainfall, adding pressure to adverse conditions that its corn and soybean crops have suffered for weeks, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said on Thursday.
Argentina is the world’s second largest corn exporter after the United States and the main global supplier of soybean oil and flour. The exchange estimated a record harvest of 57 million tons of soybeans and a production of 44 million tons of oil seed.
Since mid-December, a large part of the country’s main agricultural areas have experienced dry conditions, while temperatures have soared with arrival of the southern hemisphere summer, cutting yields and causing fears of more losses.
In the next few days “a prolonged and intense heat wave will begin, which will affect most of the agricultural area. Rainfall will remain low to zero in most of the agricultural area,” the exchange warned in its weekly agroclimatic report.
“A wide area with maximum temperatures close to 40° C will cover the east of the NOA (northwestern Argentina), Paraguay, the Chaco Region, most of Cuyo, most of the Pampean Region” – the agricultural heart of the country,” added the report.
The extreme weather is hitting at a time when early-sown 21/22 corn is in key stages of development and defining yields. On Tuesday, the exchange’s head agronomist warned that due to the dry weather, they might have to cut their harvest estimate later.
Lack of water accompanying the high temperatures could generate losses in the 2021/22 soybean area, whose sowing was 81.4% complete as of last week. The planting of corn was 70.7% complete.
Little relief is in sight until the end of next week, when a cold front that would produce moderate to abundant rains (between 10 and 50 millimeters) is expected in most of the Argentine agricultural nucleus, accompanied by a moderate decline in temperature, the exchange said.
Some northern parts of the Pampas region could see rainfall of up to 75mm.
Currently, the La Niña weather phenomenon is hitting the main agricultural regions of Argentina and generating a reduction in the regular level of rainfall. However, until mid-December, the second half had seen regular rates of rainfall.
(Reporting by Maximilian Heath; Writing by Carolina Pulice; Editing by David Gregorio)
((mail to: M.Heath@thomsonreuters.com;))
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