BUENOS AIRES – Some 59,000 residential customers are without electric power in the Argentine capital and vicinity due to heavy demand for electricity resulting from high temperatures, authorities said Tuesday.
According to reports from the Enre national electricity regulatory entity, the number of people without electricity in the Argentine capital and surrounding area jumped from 30,000 to 59,142 on Tuesday.
The zone has been under an orange alert since Monday, when up to 51,000 households were without electric service.
This is the fifth year in which blackouts have occurred due to excessive power consumption caused by high temperatures during the Southern Hemisphere summer.
Last summer, many capital neighborhoods experienced blackouts lasting more than a week.
On Monday, electric consumption in the zone peaked at 23.65 megawatts, just below the record of 24.03 megawatts set in January 2014.
In the capital, the forecast is for temperatures of up to 34 C (93 F) but for rainstorms late in the afternoon that could improve the situation, according to the National Weather Service.