In Argentina, 700,000 people were left without electricity

On Jan. 11, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, suffered a major power outage, leaving thousands of homes without power amid a heat wave that saw temperatures rise above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Power distributors Edenor and Edesur (DSUR.BA) reported the blackouts as high temperatures caused a spike in demand for power to cool homes and businesses.

The National Electricity Regulatory Agency (ENRE) said the power outage to Edenor customers affected 700,000 people in the Buenos Aires area. Some 43,400 Edesur customers were left without power after high-voltage line failures at two of its substations.

AySA, which provides drinking water to Buenos Aires, asked the public to optimize water use because the outage also affected its treatment system.

According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), high temperatures with peaks close to 40°C are expected to continue throughout the week.

“SMN has issued a warning due to the expectation of extreme heat this week, when temperatures could reach 41° C in the concession area,” Edesur said in an email to its customers. “We are working to strengthen our network in the face of increasing demand.”

Just two days ago, some great accident at a power plant in Germany left 300,000 people in Berlin without heat and light, and now look how – the same story has been repeated in Argentina. In Germany, the reason was the abnormal cold, but in Argentina, on the contrary, the abnormal heat. The end result was the same: no electricity in the sockets.