Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 10, 2007
—Crooners in Buenos Aires might be singing of a white Independence Day this week. The first snows in 89 years fell on the capital city during the country's annual celebration of its independence from Spain.
It's winter in the southern hemisphere, and unusually severe temperatures dipped to -8°F (-22°C) in parts of Argentina's Rio Negro Province, leading to at least two deaths from exposure. Energy officials are now monitoring the nation's power grid, which came under strain during a similar cold snap in May.
Meanwhile, Buenos Aires residents were cheering at the sight of the white flakes blanketing the streets for the first time since 1918, according to several news reports.
"Despite all my years, this is the first time I've ever seen snow in Buenos Aires," 82-year-old resident Juana Benitez told the Associated Press.
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