Temperatures have climbed above 31 C (88 F) degrees everyday since Dec. 13 in Buenos Aires.
This long-duration heat wave has put stress on the electrical grid of Argentina resulting in blackouts that have left many without power and any way to cool down.
At long last, relief is on the way in the form of a cold front that crossed the region Wednesday night, bringing both cooler air and lower dew points along with drenching rain.
A boy runs through a water fountain in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Prior to the front, temperatures climbed to around 34 C (93 F) on Wednesday.
As the front crossed the the region early Thursday morning, heavy rain fell in many places. Buenos Aires had received over 6 cm (2.3 inches) through Thursday morning. Farther north, nearly 9 cm (3.43 inches) of rain drenched Rocha, Uruguay.
Temperatures will remain seasonably warm on Thursday; however, dew points will lower by day's end and reduce the impacts of the heat.
By Friday, both lower dew points and temperatures will be found across northern Argentina, including Buenos Aires.
Temperatures will begin to climb over the weekend and into early next week. Highs in the mid-30s C are expected by Monday. Another cold front may work back into the region later Tuesday and could bring a bit of relief, but temperatures should stay at or above normal through the end of the week.
The first half of September is now in United Kingdom record books for being the driest in more than 50 years.
Locally gusty thunderstorms will erupt over the Upper Midwest and sweep through the swath from Chicago to Detroit on Saturday. The storms may threaten football games.
A brief warmup is in store for residents of the Northeast this weekend before more fall-like conditions return.
As impact from Odile continues over the Southwest and Texas this weekend, the system will be remembered for both flooding and drought-busting rain.
Polo continues to churn off the west coast of Mexico, right on the heels of once-Hurricane Odile.
Tropical Storm Fung-wong will continue to inundate the Philippines before taking aim at Taiwan and Japan.
Central U.S. (1991)
Record Cold Location Temp Old Record Huron, S.D. 23 24/1896 Dickinson, N.D. 25 30/1957 Lubbock, Texas 42 44/1971 Grand Island, Neb. 27 32/1938 Kansas City, Mo. 33 47/1979 Chicago, Ill. 40 41/1873
Honolulu, HI (1994)
95 degrees - all time record high.
Tennant, CA ()
5.5 inches of snow.