The southern summer vacations, the sunny days but, above all, the strong impact of the heat wave that has lasted for days on the River Plate sky, leads to the Uruguayans fill the country’s beaches to take advantage of the sun or take a dip.
With temperatures that exceed 35 degrees and that, in some parts of the country, have reached 40, the large number of beaches in the South American country have been the main attraction to escape the heat.
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Playa de los Pocitos, located in Montevideo, is usually one of the busiest in the Uruguayan capital and this Thursday was no exception. Despite being in hours where the sun burns much more than it tans, thousands of people landed on the hot sand.
Chairs “loungers”, the traditional sarongs – a large fabric for lying down – and many umbrellas formed part of the landscape in this as in so many other beaches in the country.
Those who did not opt for the beach, have also gone out to fill the boulevard, one of the most characteristic walks of the city where thousands go to exercise or simply observe the coast.
Despite the high temperatures, perspiration and fatigue, Uruguayans do not give up their traditional drink: mate, an infusion that is drunk hot despite being in one of the hottest periods in recent years.
The heat wave began to take effect from this Tuesday, according to the Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (Inumet), and will last until Sunday.
After that, temperatures are expected to drop significantly and several days with rains are even estimated.
During this wave, the country’s National Emergency System (Sinae) made a series of recommendations such as not being outdoors between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time, drinking “plenty of fluids” despite not being thirsty and having fresh water to move.
In addition, he recommends avoiding hot foods and wearing a hat as well as light clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
This summer has been particularly intense in Uruguay and its impact on the country has been clearly seen after a year-end plagued by forest fires.
Both in the northwest coast and in the southeast of the country, the last days of 2021 and the first of 2022 were with fires that got out of control.
The fire burned in such a way that more than 22,000 hectares were burned in the worst forest devastation in the history of Uruguay.
The previous large fire had taken place in 2005 in Rocha (southeast of the country) and 5,000 hectares burned in it.
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