Lower than normal temperatures are forecast for May, June and July

Lower than normal temperatures are forecast for May, June and July
Lower than normal temperatures are forecast for May, June and July

A large part of the provinces of Santa Fe and Buenos Aires had classic winter temperatures this Thursday: a minimum of 9ºC and a maximum of 15ºC, accompanied by a partially cloudy sky. The day of intense cold, especially until midday, was a preview of what will come in the next season.

According to the quarterly report of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), which provides a forecast of climatic conditions based on probabilities, lower than normal temperatures are expected in Greater Buenos Aires and the Pampas region during May, June and July.

Less rainfall is also expected in the Northern region, La Pampa, west of Buenos Aires and central and northern Patagonia.

“It is not ruled out that at the beginning of the quarter some rain events that are locally more intense than normal will continue to be recorded, especially over the northeast of the country,” the report clarifies. The same regarding “a greater frequency of extremely low temperatures, especially over the center and south of the country.”

José Luis Stella, SMN meteorologist, explained that “this type of forecast is always made based on probabilities, and that a greater probability is expected that the quarter will be colder and drier than normal.”

Stella also said that “basically it is going to be a quarter of transition to neutrality,” as a result of the “weak” El Niño phenomenon.

According to Atmospheric Sciences, autumn is a period that marks the preparation for winter, and the arrival of the famous “cold fronts”.

The average temperature of the country in 2023 exceeded the average of the reference climatic period and ranked last year as the warmest since 1961.

Vaccination

The vaccination campaign against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for pregnant women between 32 and 36 weeks of gestation, launched on March 1 by the national government, reached close to 70 percent coverage in the country, presenting the provinces of Santa Fe and Mendoza with the highest application averages.

The objective of this “revolutionary” vaccine, which is free and mandatory, is that the antibodies pass through the placenta and babies are protected during the first six months of life, the time of greatest vulnerability.

Last year, respiratory syncytial virus had a major impact. There were almost 225,000 cases of bronchiolitis in children under two years of age, with an increase in cases and an earlier onset compared to the previous period and also with the pre-pandemic years. This, added to the crisis due to the lack of pediatricians, led to a combo of collapse in medical care.

It is expected that this year, with the vaccine, that situation will begin to change: according to data from the National Ministry of Health, in the first eight weeks of implementing the immunization strategy, more than 45,000 pregnant women were vaccinated, with a coverage of 65%. percent of the target population.

 
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