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Record hot January for Argentina with thermal factor 47.6 Celsius in Buenos Aires

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 02:11 UTC
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January 2014 is becoming the hottest month in 53 years for Argentina with the thermal factor reaching an unbearable 47.6 Celsius mid afternoon before rain poured bringing some relief to most of the country an particularly in cement city Buenos Aires.

The thermal factor in early dawn Thursday took off at 35 Celsius steadily climbing and by 14:00 hours reached 45.3, with temperature at 35 Celsius. An hour later the thermal factor had climbed to 46.8 and temperature 36 Celsius. Towards 18:00 and before the storm, the reading was 47.6 Celsius. According to the Argentine met office the highest thermal factor and temperature was recored at Chamical, La Rioja with 57.5 and 41.8 Celsius. The city of Cordoba also experienced a torrid day with 48.6 thermal factor; Reconquista in Santa Fe province, 48.3; Tucuman, 47.6 and Santiago del Estero, 46.3. However Friday is expected to mark the beginning of a period of relief, cloudy and with some early morning rains, but stabilizing towards midday and sunny in the afternoon, But there will be a significant drop in temperature. In effect the forecast for Buenos Aires indicates 11 to 25 Celsius and by night a further drop as cool air from the south moves north, which means on Saturday a minimum of 13 and maximum of 23 Celsius. Sunday could see a slight improvement in the temperature, 15 to 25 Celsius.

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  • Anglotino

    What the he!! is the “thermal factor”?

    “...the thermal factor had climbed to 46.8 and temperature 36 Celsius.”

    So the temperature was 36C! This is usually the air temperature taken in the shade. So what is 46.8C the temperature in the sun?

    I tried to look this up but couldn't come up with an answer.

    Let's just say that last week we had 4 days with temperatures over 40C. Tuesday last week got to 42.8C IN THE SHADE followed by 1 days of 41C and then two days of was 44C IN THE SHADE!

    I can only shudder at what the thermal factor was on those days.

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 03:27 am 0
  • ilsen

    ummm... 'thermal utilization factor'
    “Probability of a thermal neutron being absorbed by fissile material whether causing fission or not in an infinite reactor core. Symbol f.”

    No, I still don't have a clue either....

    Sounds too hot to even think where you are....

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 03:47 am 0
  • Anglotino

    Aaah but it was a nice 23C with rain here this morning Ilsen. Melbourne's weather is extremely variable. On Friday the temperature dropped nearly 15C in 30 mins - depends in the wind is coming off central Australia's deserts or south from the Antarctic.

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 04:18 am 0
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