Peru braces for 7th cold wave this winter

14:52, August 02, 2010      

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A cold snap is gripping tropical jungles and coastal areas in central Peru starting Sunday, as the region shivers in its winter season, reported Peru's national meteorological department.

It is this year's seventh cold wave that hit the South American country and is expected to last about 10 days, according to the Peruvian National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (SNMH).

A cold front from Chile has hit southern Peru and is moving north. It might bring gales of up to 50 km per hour to many places in the country, said Raquel Loayza, an expert with the SNMH.

"Cold weather would cause severe respiratory diseases to residents living in the tropical jungle areas," added Loayza.

Peruvians are suffering the coldest winter in nearly five decades, with the temperatures in large parts of the country dropping to record lows. In the capital city of Lima, temperatures have dipped to lower than eight degrees Celsius.

Source: Xinhua


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