Yellow alert for extreme cold and snowfall in almost all of Santa Cruz

Yellow alert for extreme cold and snowfall in almost all of Santa Cruz
Yellow alert for extreme cold and snowfall in almost all of Santa Cruz

He National Metereological Service (SMN) launched new warnings for this holiday Monday due to cold, with minimum temperatures between 6 and 10 degrees below zero. This is a yellow alert that applies to almost the entire province of Santa Cruz, except the northeast; and the entire province of Tierra del Fuego.

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Furthermore, they are expected snowfall of varying intensity, some strong, with accumulations between 30 and 45 cm, which can be overcome occasionally, without ruling out the occurrence of rain and mixed snow in lower areas. On the plateau of Santa Cruz and Chubut and in coastal areas, accumulated snow values ​​between 10 and 30 cm are expected, and may be exceeded from time to time.

What each alert level for extreme temperatures implies

Yellow alert: The yellow level alert establishes a mild to moderate effect on health, according to the system of the SMN. It implies, in this case, that temperatures can be dangerous, especially for risk groups, such as boys and girls, people over 65 years of age, with chronic diseases.

SMN recommendations in the face of extreme temperatures

The recommendations for this type of events are indicated by the Ministry of Health:

  • Avoid exposing yourself to the cold outdoors for a long time. When going out, dress warmly with many layers of light clothing.
  • Generate more body heat through movement (walking, getting up and sitting down, moving your limbs, etc.).
  • Keep the house safely heated.
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature, as they can cause respiratory system diseases.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • If you are affected by the cold, do not self-medicate, consult a doctor or go to the nearest health center.
  • If you have prescribed medication, keep the action plan updated.
  • Do not smoke in closed environments.
  • Pay special attention to boys and girls, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
  • What is an extreme temperature event?

An extreme temperature event is a period in which maximum and minimum temperature values ​​are expected to be recorded that may endanger human health. After carrying out a series of interdisciplinary studies in Argentina, it was found that there were certain threshold values ​​of temperatures above which people’s morbidity and mortality increased.

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