(11/20)Tuesday’s peak temperature of 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) fell just short of Monday’s high of 34.8 degrees Celsius (94.6 degrees Farenheit), the hottest temperature recorded in Santiago so far this month and ONE OF THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES REGISTERED IN NOVEMBER IN RECENT HISTORY. The heat wave has not been limited to Santiago: Cities across Chile’s central zone reported high temperatures on Monday, and two forest fires were sparked in the Valparaíso region. Experts at Chile’s Meteorological Office attribute the heat to La Niña, a phenomenon characterized by abnormally low water temperatures in large expanses of the Pacific Ocean between the coasts of South America and Oceania. The phenomenon, usually limited to the winter months, has exhibited anomalous behavior this year by peaking in the spring and summer. The projected result is extreme summer heat in Chile’s Central Valley, including temperatures that may surpass Santiago’s highest-ever recorded temperature of 37.2 degrees Celsius (nearly 99 degrees Fahrenheit), registered in 1915.
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