Lack of air conditioning, melted chocolate and slipping pen: unusual heat marks the 2nd day of Enem

Lack of air conditioning, melted chocolate and slipping pen: unusual heat marks the 2nd day of Enem

The fourth heat wave in Brazil caused temperatures to reach almost 40ºC in much of the central region of the country. ENEM 2023 – SUNDAY (12) – POUSO ALEGRE (MG) – Student cools down with a portable fan before the 2nd day of tests Milton Guimarães / EPTV The heat inside and outside the classrooms marked the second day of tests for the National Teaching Exam Medium (Enem). With temperatures approaching 40ºC in much of the Central-West and Southeast regions due to the fourth heat wave of the year, candidates also had to deal with high temperatures to complete the exam. The problems faced by the students ranged from lack of air conditioning to disputes over shady places to take shelter before the start of the test. See below what the second day of Enem was like in cities where maximum temperatures exceeded 35ºC. Lack of air conditioning At the University of Cuiabá, the air conditioning units stopped working after power fluctuations in some rooms. Students taking the test on site reported to g1 at least three power outages during the exam, something that hampered performance on this second Enem day. The situation had already happened on the first day of the tests, last week. The university reported that the power outages occurred because of the intense heat recorded this Sunday (12) in the capital of Mato Grosso. According to the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet), the maximum predicted for Cuiabá was 42°C. During the examination, the thermometers read 38.1°C. Enem candidates in Cuiabá faced strong sun before the test. Victória Oliveira/g1 Heat resistance test In some cities, high temperatures meant that air conditioning units and fans were not enough to alleviate the heat inside classrooms. In the Campinas region, where thermometers reached 38°C, students reported difficulties concentrating. Some candidates had to leave the room to cool off and others were left with the chocolate they took as a snack completely melted. Luna Semeghini, 23, shows melted chocolate due to the heat during the Enem test in Campinas João Conrado Kneipp/g1 The same happened in Paraíba, where not even the combination of air conditioning and fans was enough to control the heat of 37°C in the state’s hinterland. Having difficulty holding the pen because of sweat, some students even used their own test book to fan themselves and try to alleviate the heat. “It got in the way a little. He kept sweating his hands, making the pen slip. This is very distracting”, explains Raylan Victor Alves, 18 years old. In the Federal District, some rooms did not have ventilation and their windows were closed. The region was one of those under red alert of great heat danger, according to Inmet. Fighting for shade before the test Candidates who arrived at the test location in advance had to fight for the few places with shade. Still in Cuiabá, volunteers at some schools and universities where the exam was being administered distributed paper fans and ice water to candidates. Even in the shade, thermometers registered 35.7°C about an hour before the gates opened. Enem candidates suffer from the heat in Cuiabá. In the South of Minas, some students were prepared for the heat, with portable fans brought from home. Others decided to arrive early to get a cooler place in the rooms, close to the windows. In Bahia, where the expected maximum temperature was 33°C, according to Inmet, the father of a candidate even took a cooler to cool off while he waited for his daughter to take the test. Students reported that, despite the ventilated rooms, the heat was still uncomfortable.



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