Friday, July 26th 2013 - 04:39 UTC

Polar blast covers 80 towns of southern sunny Brazil with snow

A severe cold front dumped snow on more than 80 towns in southern Brazil and leaving one dead, local weather forecast reported. In Argentina, six people were reported dead.

In Florianopolis it snowed for the first time on record and in Curitiba after 38 years

According to the National Meteorology Institute, 87 towns in all three of Brazil’s southern states saw snow and freezing rain late Monday and early Tuesday, with temperatures dipping below zero. Some towns registered temperature as low as minus 7 degrees Celsius.

It was the first time that it snowed in Florianopolis, capital of the Santa Catarina state, where a homeless person died. The city, together with some others, declared a state of emergency. Curitiba, capital of the state of Parana reported snow after 38 years.

Snow is rare in Brazil, falling only in a handful of towns in the mountainous areas. The temperatures, at this time of the year, in southern Brazil usually reach 0C, however -4 Celsius was common in several of the towns where it snowed.

Due to high risk of accidents, classes were suspended in the affected states, and several federal and state highways were closed.

The polar air blasting along the Atlantic coast has also pushed temperatures down in other regions of Brazil and is expected to last until the end of the week, according to weather forecast.

In Buenos Aires temperatures on Monday and Tuesday night dropped as low as 1.6C, while in parts of the provinces of Jujuy and Mendoza, locals shivered in temperatures of -10°C.

In Sierra de la Ventana, in the south of the Buenos Aires Province, the snow was so heavy that roads were forced to close. In Bernardo de Irigoyen, the northern Argentine state of Misiones next to Paraguay and Brazil, snow was reported.

In Boa Vista, near the border with Venezuela, temperatures struggled to reach 20 C, which is 5 degrees below average. This is impressive given that Boa Vista is north of the equator.

The cold snap is now easing across the region, with temperatures in Buenos Aires expected to return to the average by Friday.

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1 lsolde (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 10:02 am Report abuse
Global warming?
2 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 11:43 am Report abuse
man-assisted or naturally, either way, most likely.
3 Faz (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 01:08 pm Report abuse
Havent heard from El Think lately, perhaps he is frozen in a block of ice somewhere (actually, he is in Scotland enduring the heatwave sipping single malt!)
4 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 04:26 pm Report abuse
A lot of Argentina is in a freeze. Not really cold for a winter were I live, yet cold for their typical winters. More so than that, Asslips has roving blackouts of electricity. Maybe he is in a blacked out area.
5 Conqueror (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 05:48 pm Report abuse
Not to worry. One death in Brazil. Six in argieland. Who cares. The argies are only “peasants”.
6 Briton (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 06:22 pm Report abuse
It could be a sign,

or christmas is comming
7 ChrisR (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 06:34 pm Report abuse
Here in Uruguay we had 10 minutes of hail, but only little pellets and they went as soon as they hit the ground.

If I wasn't an atheist I might think God was teaching the argies a lesson of humility for setting up a graven image.

Mind you TMBOA id hardly made of gold, even if she is a fat old cow.
8 Briton (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 06:47 pm Report abuse
CFK was and is probably a clone..ha ha .
9 lsolde (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:12 pm Report abuse
@7 ChrisR,
Chris, please. Cows have feelings too, you know!
Don't think that they'd like to be compared to CFK!
10 ChrisR (#) Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
9 lsolde

I beg pardon of the cows!
11 BOTINHO (#) Jul 27th, 2013 - 07:25 pm Report abuse
Climate change is a more accurate and acceptable term today.

Little wobbles in the Earth's orbit determine if the climate heats up, or ices down.

The last one (warming) occurred only 8,000 years ago.

In the meantime, most of us have our warm stockings on, with a small glass of Weber Haus cachaça in hand, to warm up in Brasil. There are not many fireplaces found in houses around here.

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