Snow has fallen in Brazil! And temperatures may be the coldest in 65 years. A historic wave of polar cold sweeping through southern Brazil has snowed at least 13 districts in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Meteorologists say the unusual weather phenomenon is due to the large polar air mass that entered the country in recent hours. Some meteorologists have already warned of freezing temperatures that will hit the region.
"Cold air mass has the potential to be one of the most intense in this century to reach (Brazilian) national territory, in a climate scenario conducive to extreme cold events."
One such example was that in the early hours of Wednesday in the state of Santa Catarina, the thermometer reached a record -7.8 ° C, causing snowfalls in at least 13 cities of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
At least 33 municipalities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul received snow or freezing rain this Wednesday, the so-called "winter precipitation". Moreover, even in some places both variants were registered.
"In more than 30 years of weather forecasting in Rio Grande do Sul, we have never seen snow with such strong winds and severely reduced visibility. This is what North Americans call a blizzard."
Health authorities have already met on Monday to prepare for an intense cold wave that is forecast to be the lowest since 1955, according to the regional government.
The cold air mass from Uruguay affects three states in the southern region of Brazil (Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and Parana). In addition, in the next few hours, it may affect low temperatures, which can be recorded in some areas of the southeastern region, for example, in Rio de Janeiro or Minas Gerais.