“You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” — Phil, from the movie Groundhog Day.
If it’s been feeling pretty cold lately, that’s because it is cold!
Indeed, it was colder in Buenos Aires Friday than it has been since August 1, 1991, according to the national weather service, or SMM.
Friday morning the temperature dropped to -1 degree Celsius, or 30.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Yeap, that means it was actually freezing in Buenos Aires. It doesn’t happen that often.
“It hasn’t been this cold since 1991,” Maria de los Milagros, a spokeswoman for the national weather service, told The Argentine Post late Friday.
“The record back then was -2 degrees,” she said. “At this time of the year we normally get a polar storm front. What varies each year is the length and temperature. This year it’s been going on for pretty long. The temps we’re getting now are not setting records, but it sure is cold.”
De los Milagros expects the cold front to last at least until Sunday in the City of Buenos Aires. In northern parts of the country it may last through Monday.
This week it has even been snowing in parts of Buenos Aires Province and elsewhere in the country.
“In August the weather starts to become more variable with some cold days and some days that are pretty warm,” she said.
On a personal note, it seems to me that the most annoying thing about winter in Buenos Aires is the city’s overabundance of restaurants whose bathrooms have no hot water. Why is this? Is it really that expensive to add a hot water faucet? I went to wash my hands Thursday at the deservedly popular restaurant Oui Oui. The bathroom had only one faucet, and it spewed forth nothing but extremely cold water. For the love of God, is this really necessary? Freezing cold water feels awful on a freezing cold day, and it doesn’t even kill germs. But I digress….