GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT BUENOS AIRES
The city of Buenos Aires, the Capital of Argentina, is located in the southern hemisphere of the Americas on a flat land with an area of 202 square kilometres. It is estimated the number of inhabitants is about 3 million people; adding the population of the metropolitan area the number amounts to more than 10 million inhabitants; it is one of the 20 most populated urban centers in the world.
The natural limits of the city are the Rio de la Plata and the Riachuelo to the East and South. The city is bordered by Avenida General Paz from the North to the West, which connects the city swiftly with the Greater Buenos Aires area.
The climate of Buenos Aires is pleasant
throughout the year, with an annual temperature average of 18 ºC, allowing
people to enjoy the city at any time of the year.
In the summer, the weather is hot and humid. The mornings are warm and the
temperature rises towards the midday and early afternoon. The peaks of
temperature could exceed 35 ºC. At night, the temperature drops slightly.
During the autumn and spring the rainy season (from March to
June and September to December). There are generally scattered showers or
On the sunny days of autumn and spring, the mornings are cool; the
temperature rises pleasantly towards noon and descends at night.
The coldest month is July. The winter average
temperature is 11 ºC; it rarely goes below 0 ºC. During the day, the cold weather is
moderate, but at night, the temperature drops considerably. There are no
frosts but it is necessary to go out wearing a wool coat, jacket and scarf
or an overcoat.
Buenos Aires receives the influence of two types of regional winds: the “Pampero” and the Southeast. The first comes from the Southwest; it usually begins with a short storm that quickly gives way to a much colder and drier air. Although it can blow at any time of year, it does so with greater intensity in the summer; it is usually expected when the temperature drops after a day of sweltering heat.
The Southeast, rarer than the former, mainly occurs in the autumn and spring. It consists of a strong Southeasterly wind, cool and very wet, which lasts for several days and is often accompanied by constant, light rain. The continuous wind makes the tide of the Rio de la Plata rise, sometimes producing floods in the lower areas of the city, including the neighbourhood of La Boca.