Brazil experiences rare snowfall

Published on : Monday, August 2, 2021

Brazil has experienced rare heavy snowfall  which are threatening crops and bewildering locals who don’t usually see snow.

There are more than 40 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul had icy conditions and at least 33 municipalities had snow, reported the meteorology company Somar Meteorologia.

On Friday, there were warnings of cold temperatures as a polar air mass travelled toward the centre-south of the agricultural powerhouse, threatening coffee, sugarcane and orange crops with frost. The unusually cold temperature in the country has already forced coffee prices to rise.

The cars, streets and highways were this week covered in ice while people took the opportunity to take pictures and play in the snow, building snowmen.

Local television footage showed Brazilians building a snowman in a plaza and having a snowball fight in Bom Jesus, a city in Rio Grande do Sul state. Though snow blizzards and freezing temperatures aren’t common in Brazil, when it does occur it is usually during the months of June, July and August.

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