Several South American countries are experiencing an unusually hot winter this year; heat waves are causing record high temperatures across the continent. At Paraguay's Vallemi airport, temperatures soared to 39.7 degrees Celsius last week, surpassing an all-time high previously recorded in July.
In Argentina, the capital city of Buenos Aires reached a temperature 30 degrees Celsius, breaking an 81-year-old daily temperature record, according to the national weather service. Normally, the highest temperature in the city during this time of year is around 15.6 degrees Celsius.
Ecuador, a South American nation renowned for its robust agricultural outputs like bananas, has recently borne the brunt of the heat waves. Ecuador's Association of Banana Growers of El Oro has warned that the country could lose as much as 125,000 acres of production. The banana sector is particularly vulnerable, while other sectors such as rice and cocoa farming zones along the gulf are also susceptible to the impacts of this climatic phenomenon.