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Río Turbio is a town and municipality in the Güer Aike Department of the Santa Cruz Province in southern Argentina.[1][2]

Río Turbio
Municipality and town
Río Turbio is located in Argentina
Río Turbio
Río Turbio
Coordinates: 51°32′S 72°18′W / 51.533°S 72.300°W / -51.533; -72.300
Country  Argentina
Province Santa Cruz Province
Department Güer Aike Department
Government
 • Intendente (mayor) Horacio Matias Mazu
Population (2001 census)
 • Total 6,650
Climate Cfc

It was founded in late 1942, as a consequence of the coal mining in the area. Rio Turbio was home to the state-owned coal extraction company YCF.

Río Turbio Airport is located near to 28 de Noviembre town, about 16 km southwest of Rio Turbio.

ClimateEdit

Under the Köppen climate classification, Río Turbio is classified as a desert climate (Bw) with cold winters.[3]:8 The climate is characterized by strong westerly winds, which are generated by the influence of the two semi-permanent high pressure systems in the South Atlantic and South Pacific.[3]:36 Mean monthly temperatures range from a low of 1.1 °C (34.0 °F) in July to a high of 10.7 °C (51.3 °F) in January.[3]:36

Climate data for Río Turbio (1901–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 31.5
(88.7)
25.5
(77.9)
25.5
(77.9)
22.5
(72.5)
21.0
(69.8)
18.0
(64.4)
15.0
(59)
14.5
(58.1)
18.5
(65.3)
20.5
(68.9)
25.0
(77)
25.5
(77.9)
31.5
(88.7)
Average high °C (°F) 16.5
(61.7)
15.8
(60.4)
14.2
(57.6)
11.4
(52.5)
6.9
(44.4)
5.2
(41.4)
4.6
(40.3)
5.8
(42.4)
9.2
(48.6)
12.3
(54.1)
13.6
(56.5)
15.5
(59.9)
10.9
(51.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 10.7
(51.3)
10.0
(50)
8.8
(47.8)
6.3
(43.3)
2.8
(37)
1.7
(35.1)
1.1
(34)
1.6
(34.9)
4.3
(39.7)
6.4
(43.5)
7.5
(45.5)
9.3
(48.7)
5.9
(42.6)
Average low °C (°F) 5.6
(42.1)
4.8
(40.6)
3.2
(37.8)
0.7
(33.3)
−1.8
(28.8)
−3.3
(26.1)
−4.3
(24.3)
−3.2
(26.2)
−0.2
(31.6)
1.3
(34.3)
2.1
(35.8)
3.6
(38.5)
0.7
(33.3)
Record low °C (°F) −1.5
(29.3)
−2.0
(28.4)
−5.0
(23)
−10.5
(13.1)
−18.0
(−0.4)
−15.0
(5)
−21.0
(−5.8)
−27.0
(−16.6)
−10.0
(14)
−7.0
(19.4)
−5.5
(22.1)
−3.0
(26.6)
−27.0
(−16.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 42.8
(1.685)
37.2
(1.465)
44.7
(1.76)
44.3
(1.744)
43.0
(1.693)
38.0
(1.496)
31.5
(1.24)
41.6
(1.638)
21.3
(0.839)
31.3
(1.232)
32.3
(1.272)
35.1
(1.382)
443.1
(17.445)
Average precipitation days (≥ 3.0 mm) 8.1 8.0 9.2 7.6 7.6 7.4 7.2 7.7 6.8 8.0 8.2 8.0 93.8
Average relative humidity (%) 65 67 69 74 81 82 83 72 74 69 68 66 73
Source: [3]

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