Paraguay shivers in the coldest night of the year

Low temperatures maintain a relentless grip on Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil.

    Temperature in Asuncion dropped to just 2C on Saturday night [Andres Cristaldo/EPA]
    Temperature in Asuncion dropped to just 2C on Saturday night [Andres Cristaldo/EPA]

    Paraguay has witnessed its lowest temperature of the year as cold weather continued across the region.

    Frost was seen in parts of the tropical country on Saturday night and temperatures have dropped since then.

    In the capital Asuncion, the temperature dropped to 2C on Sunday night, much lower than its June average low of 12C.

    The surrounding countryside was even colder. The eastern town of Mayor Julio D Otano registered freezing temperature.

    Paraguay’s ‘climate change refugees’ still struggling

    It is not only Paraguay that is experiencing the chill. Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil have all been suffering from the cold weather.

    In Argentina, the low temperatures have caused a surge in demand for electricity.

    The electricity network, which often struggles during peak hours, is failing to cope and numerous power cuts have been reported.

    In Uruguay, June’s weather has been preceded by a very cold May.

    A number of locations, including the northern town of Rivera, suffered their coldest May since 1980.

    On Friday, the Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology issued a warning indicating that the cold weather would remain until at least Tuesday.

    According to the El Pais newspaper, the cold snap has already turned deadly: at least three people died in fire-related incidents caused by heating devices.

    Cold blasts are not unusual across South America in the winter. They are caused by cold winds, called Friagens, from the Antarctic.

    However, this particular spell of cold weather is very rare due to its longevity and because it has hit so early in the season.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo to face charges

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo to face charges

    Fawzi al-Junaidi, 16, denies accusations of throwing stones and protesting, saying he was severely beaten by Israelis.

    India's deafening silence after Trump's Jerusalem shift

    India's deafening silence after Trump's Jerusalem shift

    Deliberately vague response contradicted decades of solidarity with Palestine as an integral part of its foreign policy.

    Group: Refugees abused by border forces in Balkans

    Group: Refugees abused by border forces in Balkans

    Rigardu, a German monitoring group, has documented at least 857 instances of violence on Serbia's borders with the EU.