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Brazil. Heat wave. The felt temperature reached almost 60 degrees Celsius

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There is an intense heatwave in Brazil. It has never been as hot in Sao Paulo in November as it is now. In one district of Rio de Janeiro, the temperature felt close to 60 degrees Celsius on Tuesday morning.

Brazil’s National Meteorological Institute INMET has issued a “high risk” warning due to the heatwave for more than half of the regions. The alert is scheduled to remain in effect until Friday.

On Tuesday, in the Guaratiba district of Rio de Janeiro at 9:15 a.m. local time, the wind chill was 58.5 degrees Celsius. This is the most since 2014.

By 3 p.m. local time, thermometers showed the highest value in the city of Corumbá in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on the border with Bolivia. 43.3 degrees Celsius was recorded there. In each of the seven hottest cities, the temperature exceeded 40 degrees.

On Monday, the highest temperature in November in the history of measurements was measured in Sao Paulo. In the Mirante de Santana park it reached 37.7 degrees Celsius.

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Experts link the intensity of the current heat wave in Brazil to global warming and the phenomenon El Niño. As meteorologist Caetano Mancini said, we are about now reaching the peak of El Nino and it is one of the main “responsible” for higher than usual temperatures in some parts of the country.

Local media reported that during the ongoing heat wave, temperatures may be up to 13 degrees Celsius higher than the average for this time of year.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/Sebastiao Moreira

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