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Cape Virgenes

Capes in the Americas
Capes in the Americas

Cape Virgenes (Spanish: Cabo Vírgenes, lit.'Cape Virgins') is the southeastern tip of continental Argentina in South America. The southern one, a little to the south-west, is Punta Dungeness. Ferdinand Magellan reached it on 21 October 1520 during the Spanish expedition to East Asia and discovered a strait, now called the Strait of Magellan in his honor. As 21 October was the feast day of Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins, he named the cape in their honor.

The Cape is located in Santa Cruz Province, Patagonia, Argentina. The Cape Virgenes Argentine Lighthouse has been operating since 1904. In 1884, gold was found there sparking the Tierra del Fuego Gold Rush. Recently, rises in the number of southern right whales visiting the area have been confirmed.

Climate

Climate data for Cape Virgenes
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 10.2
(50.4)
10.4
(50.7)
9.1
(48.4)
6.4
(43.5)
4.1
(39.4)
2.5
(36.5)
2.2
(36.0)
2.7
(36.9)
3.8
(38.8)
6.1
(43.0)
8.0
(46.4)
9.5
(49.1)
6.3
(43.3)
Average low °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
6.6
(43.9)
5.0
(41.0)
3.0
(37.4)
1.3
(34.3)
0.1
(32.2)
0.0
(32.0)
0.2
(32.4)
0.9
(33.6)
2.6
(36.7)
4.1
(39.4)
5.9
(42.6)
3.0
(37.4)
Record low °C (°F) 0.0
(32.0)
0.5
(32.9)
−1.2
(29.8)
−4.8
(23.4)
−6.0
(21.2)
−7.0
(19.4)
−6.0
(21.2)
−4.5
(23.9)
−4.0
(24.8)
−2.6
(27.3)
−1.0
(30.2)
−3.0
(26.6)
−7.0
(19.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 43
(1.7)
17
(0.7)
22
(0.9)
14
(0.6)
22
(0.9)
14
(0.6)
24
(0.9)
20
(0.8)
12
(0.5)
8
(0.3)
29
(1.1)
24
(0.9)
249
(9.8)
Average relative humidity (%) 76 73 77 81 84 87 86 84 79 73 73 73 79
Source: Secretaria de Mineria

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