Around this time last week I was thinking about writing about just how great the weather is during the month of March in Buenos Aires. It's the very late summer/early autumn and typically temperatures average around 27 degrees C, humidity is relatively low and there's nearly always a cool breeze. A great time to walk around the city and explore.
Then this week happened, my god has it rained. Short (but heavy) showers are relatively frequent here, but they usually pass after an hour or so. Not this week though, today for example it's rained non-stop for about 12hrs. As I'm spending a lot of time in the Provincias now (more on that in a few days) it's really hit home that Argentina really is, in many ways, still very 'third world'.
An hour or two of heavy rain is enough to flood many streets here (not a significant problem in the capital) causing schools to be shut down, work for many to be cancelled, and the major roads to be turned into parking lots. Productivity really takes a hit.
Drainage systems outside of Buenos Aires are either non-existent or terribly inadequate. After 2hrs (60mm) of heavy rain 10 days or so ago the flood water lay around for a couple of days and the entire city suffered a swarm of mosiquitos. Repellent sold out within 24hrs. This week 6 barrios (neighbourhoods) of Buenos Aires were without electricity for around 12hrs (some 80000 people affected), and much of the underground system was shut down. All beacuse of 2hrs of heavy rain.
Having said all that, I would still recommend coming here in March, early March especially. Along with October (late spring) it's probably the best month to investigate this unique city.
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