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Balmy On The Other Side Of The World

Up here in the north, we’re solidly within the winter season. So, that means that it’s summer hot in the south, right? Up to a point, that’s true. But, reach the farthest point to the south, and you’ll find things are feeling a bit chilly again.

The city of Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, down near the tip of South America. It’s the capital of Tierra del Fuego, which means that it mostly administers a remote landscape of mountains, boreal forests, and a strategic point for oceanic travel, separating the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Ushuaia is physically isolated, but it’s far from lonely. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come there on cruise ships every year, swelling the city’s population of 60,000 with temporary human tides.

Ushuaia isn’t far from Antarctica, but given the southern hemisphere’s warming at this time of year, it’s not at all uncomfortable. The high temperature today is expected to reach 55 degrees F, with a low of just 33 degrees tonight.

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