Argentina’s capital hit by major power outage due to heatwave


BUENOS AIRES, Jan.11 (Reuters) – Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires was hit by a major power outage on Tuesday that left thousands of homes without power amid a heat wave that saw temperatures rise above of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), some of the highest in the world.

Electricity distributors Edenor and Edesur (DSUR.BA) have both reported power outages, with high temperatures causing increased demand for energy to cool homes and businesses.

The National Electricity Regulatory Authority (REC) said Edenor’s power outage affected 700,000 people in the Buenos Aires area. Some 43,400 Edsur customers were left without power after high-voltage line outages affected two of its substations.

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AySA, which provides drinking water in Buenos Aires, asked the population to optimize the use of water because the blackout had also affected its purification system.

High temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week with peaks near 40 ° C, according to the National Meteorological Service (NMS).

“The SMN has issued a warning in anticipation of an extreme heat wave this week, with temperatures potentially reaching 41 ° C in the concession area,” Edesur said in an email to his customers. “We are working to strengthen our network in the face of growing demand.

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Reporting by Eliana Raszewski; additional reporting by Jorge Otaola; written by Carolina Pulice; edited by Lucila Sigal and Jonathan Oatis

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