ARGENTINA’S COLDEST AUTUMN SINCE 1976…
Argentina has been in the grips of a fierce Antarctic blast in recent weeks, one that is showing few signs of abating.
May 2022 finished colder than average across the country, with some northern locales suffering -3C below the multidecadal norm. The month was also drier than average, according to official SMN data.
Moreover, Argentina’s entire Autumn season (March-April-May) was the nation’s coldest since 1976 (solar minimum of cycle 20).
It was also the fifth coldest in the historical series, also bested by 1971, 1968 and 1965:
…AS SOUTH AMERICA’S FREEZE INTENSIFIES
Widespread frosts are continuing to sweep much of South America, ravaging some of the continent’s key growing regions.
Remarkable temperatures have been noted in recent days, including the -7.7C (18.1F) at Rosario AP, Argentina–just 0.1C away from the record low for June; the -3C (26.6F) in Uruguay; the 0.7C (33.3F) in Paraguay; the -3.9C (25F) at Sao Joaquim, Brazil; and also the -0.1C (31.8F) in the Brazilian municipality of Uruguaiana–which stands at an elevation of only 62m (203ft).
Further drops were logged in the Peruvian Andes, with Chuapalca suffering -21.6C (-6.9F).