Another exhausting day is expected due to the heat wave in the City of Buenos Aires and the Buenos Aires suburbs.  (Photo: NA)

The porteños do not speak today about anything else and pray that another massive power outage does not turn off the rescue air conditioners. The heat wave affects especially the oldest and the youngest, but all eyes are on this Friday, when a new peak is expected in the thermometers.

The National Weather Service predicts that the temperature will arrive this Friday from noon to 42°, very close to the historical record registered in the City of Buenos Aires on January 29, 1957, when it reached the 43,3°.

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On Tuesday, the City broke the thermometer and recorded 41,1° at 16.05. But for this Friday a higher temperature is expected and there are not few who fear that a new record will be registered, which has been in force since 65 years ago. And if the thermometers don’t break that mark, the thermal sensation -a modern version of measurement that prevails today- could give you a hand.

How the record of 43.3 ° recorded on January 29, 1957 was experienced in the City of Buenos Aires

The chronicles of the time reflect that on January 29, 1957, the city was a furnace. However, the capital has changed a lot since then and the smog and tons of asphalt that have been added in the last six decades are currently adding a greater impact to this summer 2022 heat wave.

Yesterday’s mark had not been recorded in a hundred years: 43.3 °”, The newspaper titled The nation the day after. Clarion, from its cover, reflected the situation: “From the morning hours it was possible to foresee that there would be a muggy day. At 9 o’clock, the temperature in vertiginous ascent reached 33.6 ° and two hours later it exceeded 38 degrees “.

Another exhausting day is expected due to the heat wave in the City of Buenos Aires and the Buenos Aires suburbs. (Photo: NA)

But the high temperatures began to be felt from the early morning. At 3:00 in the morning the thermometer already read 28.2 °. For this Friday, the minimum of 25° It is also scheduled for the early morning.

The temperature was rising that January 29 gradually and in the morning it was already 33.6 °. The record just arrived at 15:00 with 43.3 ° that have been in force since then as an absolute brand, at least until this Friday. The thermometer would only go down with the fall of the sun and the entrance of the night, with 29.4 °.

The Clarín cover of the day after the 43.3 ° record deserved only one box, bottom right (Photo: capture).
The Clarín cover of the day after the 43.3 ° record deserved only one box, bottom right (Photo: capture).

At that time, the porteños had more possibilities to cool off in the different municipal beaches of the City on the shores of the Río de la Plata, today closed due to the prevailing pollution in the waters that bathe the capital. And at present, the pollution, the chinstraps derived from the coronavirus pandemic and the traffic predict an even more difficult day.

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But beyond these records, the heat wave that January 29 caused the death of 11 people from heat stroke. Another 100 had to be treated in hospitals, according to the chronicles of the time.

The City of Buenos Aires is an oven
The City of Buenos Aires is an oven

This Friday, the thermometers will have the last word. Will the record be broken or one step away from a new mark? Likewise, everything suggests that whatever the official figure and that of thermal sensation may be, it will still be far from the absolute peak reported throughout the country: the hottest day in history was recorded in Córdoba on January 3, 1920. In On that occasion, in Villa de María, department of Río Seco, in the north of the province, the temperature was 49,1°.

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