It was hot enough to be the middle of summer late last week in the heart of Argentina even with the calendar showing more than three weeks remaining in the Southern Hemisphere winter. A shot of tropical heat drawn unusually far southward hiked temperatures 30 degrees above normal in the city of Buenos Aires and elsewhere.

Even though normal high temperatures for late August are in the lower 60s, readings topped 80 degrees at midweek, then topped out above 90 degrees during the weekend. Respective highs were 93 and 92 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

Elsewhere in Argentina, the mid-northern city of Cordoba reached a dramatic high of 99 degrees Saturday. Another northern city, Santa Fe, registered a remarkable 101 degrees Sunday, notwithstanding the normal high in the upper 60s.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews