Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires was hit by a major power outage on Tuesday, leaving thousands of homes without electricity amid a heatwave with temperatures rising as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Electricity distributors Edenor and Edesur reported power outages as the high temperatures generated a spike in demand for energy to cool homes and businesses.
The National Electricity Regulatory Entity (ENRE) said Edenor’s power cut had affected 700,000 people n the Buenos Aires area, while Edesur’s high-voltage lines failure affected 43,400 people.
AySA, a drinking water provider in Buenos Aires, asked the public to conserve water because the outage had also affected its purification system.
According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), high temperatures would persist throughout the week.
“The SMN issued a warning in anticipation of a severe heatwave this week, with temperatures in the concession area potentially reaching 41°C,” Edesur wrote to its clients in an email.
“In the face of rising demand, we’re working to strengthen our network,” it added.
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