The oven in which the city seems to have been transformed this week also has consequences for the urban environment. In particular, the combination of high temperatures and a drought of more than 50 days are suffering in the parks, squares and boulevards, where the traditional green gave way to the yellow of the “burned” grass or directly the barren land, uncommon in the Region.
According to a climate report handled by the Municipality, the Province of Buenos Aires is going through a drought that is already having an impact on 75% of the territory. Within this wide portion is the City: “it is going through a period of more than 50 days without rainfall that registers significant importance on public green spaces.” That, according to the report of the Public Spaces area “has a strong implication on our tree heritage.” The damage is on a resource that in urban design “generates a thermal shelter, functioning as a buffer against sudden changes in temperature.”
The story did not begin in December, according to the data handled by the Commune. The water deficiency, which is evaluated as “alarming”, was consolidated throughout last year, when it rounded off a rainfall deficit measured between 400 and 500 millimeters, when compared to historical statistics.
That scenario worsened, according to the conclusion reached in the area, with the high temperatures that have been recorded, at least, since Monday, a heat wave with few antecedents in sight and record values in the thermometers.
The evidence is the yellow grass and afforestation carried out in recent times and green spaces that “are in a state of survival without being able to develop,” it was indicated.
A fact aside from the climate in the City is the hardening of environmental conditions due to the emission of gases from vehicles.
Given the situation, an irrigation plan is applied that contemplates the extra demand of these days, as indicated.
The scheme, it was detailed, reaches all the squares and parks. Among those, Saavedra Park, a point of repeated claims by residents of the area, who see the niel of the lake descend. “Very recently we managed to fix the Saavedra Park pump and the operation of the lake will improve considerably with this new system,” the Commune assured.