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Polar cold wave in Chile: how long will the low temperatures continue in the central zone of the country?

Polar cold wave in Chile: how long will the low temperatures continue in the central zone of the country?

The central zone of Chile, where the capital Santiago is located, began the week under an intense wave of polar cold, which intersects with a complex health panorama, marked by the progressive increase in hospital admissions of children due to complications associated with viruses. respiratory.

This Monday, the thermometers marked extreme minimum temperatures. The Pudahuel weather station, in the western sector of the Metropolitan Region of the capital, reached -4.1°. In other cities in the south of the South American nation, such as Temuco and Valdivia, the record reached -3.7° and -2.4°, respectively.

The Chilean Meteorological Directorate, an official entity that analyzes the evolution of the climate throughout the Chilean territory, projected that the situation will remain practically unchanged for a large part of the week. He also ruled out the chances of rainfall, in a complex issue due to the chronic water crisis that several towns are experiencing due to the lack of rain.

the morning chill

According to the official record, the wave of polar cold affected various locations, from the northern region of Coquimbo, known for its usual warm weather. The sectors most affected by the morning frosts were those in the interior —located between the Cordillera de la Costa and Los Andes—, but there were also low records on the coast. the city of san antonio [region de Valparaiso]where the country’s main port is located, reached -2.7°.

The commune that felt the cold most strongly was Lonquimay, in the mountain range of the southern region of La Araucania, which marked -8.9 °. Other areas such as Polpaico and Peldehue reached -7.4° and -5.0°, respectively.

The official predictions

The wave of polar cold forced Chileans who live in the central area of ​​the country to extreme the use of coats, also increasing the use of home heaters. This has served as a prelude to the arrival of winter, a season that officially begins on June 21.

In this context, the thermometers will remain showing low temperatures at least until the middle of this week. The Chilean Meteorological Directorate estimated that on Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14, there will be lows from -1° to -6°, mainly in the foothills located between the Coquimbo and Biobio regions. The technical estimate also contemplates that the days will be clear, even with moments of sun during the day, and weak winds.

homeless care

This Monday the death of a homeless person was reported in the commune of San Bernardo, in the southern area of ​​Santiago de Chile. Carabineros de Chile reported that the cause of death, based on preliminary information, would be associated with the cold wave that hit the country.

The Chilean Ministry of Social Development activated a strategy called Code Blue, which seeks to help those who live on the street. The plan consists of the direct delivery of shelter and food aid, in addition to providing shelters to shelter against adverse weather conditions. The Government made use of Phone Calle 800 104 777 to alert about various situations, in addition to publishing a list of reception centers through its virtual platform Noche Digna.

Polar wave and health crisis

The extreme cold arrived in Chile in the midst of a health crisis due to the spread of respiratory viruses, in one of the largest outbreaks in the last decade. The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) spread dangerously among infants, stressing the pediatric critical units of the country’s hospitals.

The apparent lack of coordination of the authorities and a confusing effort to obtain hospital places in private clinics led to a political controversy, which has had a direct impact on the Government of Gabriel Boric. One of the most questioned authorities of the Executive is the Undersecretary of Assistance Networks, Fernando Araos, who delivered a contradictory version about the request for a bed that would have been made from his portfolio to the Las Condes Clinic, a private health facility in Santiago.

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