- Title: Coldest temps in 51 years slam La Paz
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LA CUMBRE SUMMIT WITH SIGN THAT READS (SPANISH): "LA CUMBRE ELEVATION 4,470 METERS (14,665 feet) AMSL (ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL)" / TOURISTS UNDER SIGN WITH BIKES VARIOUS OF SNOW-COVERED MOUNTAIN TOP VARIOUS OF TOURISTS WALKING UP SNOW-COVERED MOUNTAIN VARIOUS OF SNOW COVERED MOUNTAINS VARIOUS OF FAMILY PLAYING IN SNOW COUPLE WALKING IN SNOW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SENAMHI FORECAST UNIT HEAD, MARISOL PORTUGAL, SAYING: "That's why we did an analysis in which we saw the conditions were cloudy skies, with rain and snowfall back in May 1966. These conditions are due to the contribution of the existing moisture in the Amazons which has been high this week and which has caused cloudiness, precipitation, snowfall in our territory, in our city of La Paz and El Alto." VARIOUS OF PORTUGAL LOOKING AT WEATHER MONITORS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SENAMHI FORECAST UNIT HEAD, MARISOL PORTUGAL, SAYING: "They (temperature) drop more in June and July, because the norm in Bolivia is generally for clear skies, especially in the Alto Plano (high plateau) of Bolivia we have these characteristics. When we have clear skies, the heat from the day escapes back to space at night, therefore it does not keep in that heat the minimum temperatures drop even more."
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 20:20
- Keywords: cold front frigid temperatures historic lows
- Location: LA PAZ AND EL ALTO, BOLIVIA
- City: LA PAZ AND EL ALTO, BOLIVIA
- Country: Bolivia
- Topics: Environment,Precipitation
- Reuters ID: LVA0016J66M9V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Frigid temperatures in La Paz dropped to historic lows on Wednesday (May 31) leaving residents bundled up against the bitter cold.
According to the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi), Tuesday's (May 30) temperatures - hovering around zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) - were the coldest the cities of La Paz and El Alto have seen in 51 years.
A dusting of snow fell over La Paz causing temporary delays in domestic flights and traffic delays.
Senamhi issued an orange alert earlier in the week, predicting that between Tuesday and Thursday there would be "abrupt drops in temperature" due to a sudden cold front.
Senamhi predicted a slight warming by Friday (June 2).
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