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7/10/2007

Buenos Aires sees rare snowfall

Breaking Earth News
Argentina, USA

Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, has seen snow for the first time in 89 years, as a cold snap continues to grip several South American nations.
Temperatures plunged to -22C (-8F) in parts of Argentina's province of Rio Negro, while snow fell on Buenos Aires for several hours on Monday.
Two deaths from exposure were reported in Argentina and one in Chile.
In Bolivia, heavy snowfall blocked the nation's main motorway and forced the closure of several airports.
In Argentina, several provinces in the Andes have been placed under a storm alert, according to the national weather centre.
But thousands of people cheered in the streets of Buenos Aires at the sight of the capital's first snowfall since 1918.
"Despite all my years, this is the first time I've ever seen snow in Buenos Aires," 82-year-old Juana Benitez was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.


Snow/ Cold
A blizzard with winds of up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) per hour shut down the Cristo Redentor tunnel between Chile and Argentina, stranding some 3,000 trucks. Even in Peru, where warm climate prevails, the cold snap forced authorities to place half of the country's 24 departments under a state of emergency. Weather forecasters expect this third cold snap in the southern hemisphere's winter season to last until Wednesday. Photo: Argentinian girls take a picture with a mobile phone at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, while snow is falling in the country. A cold snap sent thermometers plunging in South America in recent days, killing three people in Chile and Argentina while Buenos Aires saw snow on Monday for the first time in 89 years.


BRITAIN - Parts of Britain could see ground frost next week as summer weather continues to avoid northern Europe, lashing it instead with strong winds and heavy rain. After the wettest June since record began many Britons enjoyed a weekend of good weather. But more wind and rain forecast for this week is likely to be followed by plunging temperatures across the region next week as the abnormally bleak weather returns, including frost. "They are talking about rural areas in central England, the glens of Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is VERY UNUSUAL for the time of year." Before the frost bites Britain next week, most of northern Europe will be blanketed in dark clouds, chilled by cold fronts and doused by thunderstorms. "The weather over Europe and the eastern Atlantic continues to be plagued by low pressure, keeping many areas fairly unsettled and cool. Further out in the Atlantic, more cloud can be seen, and this is likely to arrive on Wednesday night."
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