The government has announced power cuts over the next two days. Photo via TN.

Bring out the hand fans and buckets, guys, there will be power cuts in the City of Buenos Aires and the Greater Buenos Aires Area between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM today and tomorrow (Friday).

“[The cuts are] to address the extreme weather conditions of these summer days that cause a noticeable increase in the demand for power by consumers. When taking into account how precarious the electrical generation and distribution system is, it becomes necessary to take urgent measures,” the Energy Ministry said in a press release.

High temperatures often imply power cuts in the city as air conditioning usage increases drastically and the peak hours of energy consumption are actually between 1:00 and 4:00 PM.

Don’t worry, according to Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren “those that experience power cuts will not be consuming energy and thus will not pay for the service.” Your only job is to survive the heat, apparently.

Edenor and Edesur, the main distributors of electric energy, have been asked to cut “approximately 5 percent of electric energy” and have published tables with information on where the cuts will be and how many consumers will be affected:

Today (Thursday February 18th)

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Tomorrow (Friday February 19th)

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“We apologize for the circumstances but we believe that it’s necessary to anticipate the need to interrupt these services so that citizens can take the necessary precautions,” continued the press release.

Should the temperatures go down, then the cuts will not go ahead. Start doing the rain dance, guys, or invoking winter spells. Otherwise, take a look at the tables and take survival precautionary measures.