The historic wave of polar cold that is passing through southern Brazil left an almost unprecedented surprise for the region: a snowfall in at least 13 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which left white blankets on the ground and generated dozens of photos and videos that quickly went viral on social media.
The unusual weather phenomenon is related to a large polar air mass that entered during the last hours. In this sense, some meteorologists had already warned about the low temperatures that would hit the region.
“The cold air mass has the potential to be one of the most intense of this century to reach the (Brazilian) national territory, in a climate scenario conducive to extreme cold events,” they explained from the MetSul site, one of the main generators of meteorological information content in the region.
One of these examples was that the thermometer reached a record -7.8 ° C in the early hours of Wednesday in the state of Santa Catarina, causing snowfall in at least 13 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
According to the specialized site, at least 33 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul had snow or freezing rain this Wednesday, the so-called “winter precipitation.” And even in some places both variants were registered.
As expected, the Brazilians took to the streets to “celebrate” the arrival of the snow and this was reflected in their social media profiles. On Twitter they shared photos and videos on an atypical night for the country, and these images quickly went viral.
“In more than 30 years of weather forecasting in Rio Grande do Sul, we have never seen horizontal snow with such strong winds and greatly reduced visibility. It’s what North Americans call a snowstorm, ”they stated in MetSul.
The brave people who dared to go out to “celebrate” made snowmen and there were also improvised wars between boys on the sidewalks. A couple of very unusual scenes to see in Brazil, and that could continue in the next few hours.
Now, live snow. One degree and it will be colder ”, affirmed the zócalo of a Brazilian TV channel, while several people were seen surprised in the middle of the white cloak. “How much snow, my god”, posted a Twitter user who could not believe the weather phenomenon he was witnessing from his home.
Health authorities had already met on Monday to prepare for the intense cold wave that, according to the forecast, will be the lowest since 1955, according to the regional government.
The cold air mass moving from Uruguay affects the three states of the southern region of Brazil (Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná). In addition, in the next few hours it could also affect the low temperatures that some districts of the southeastern region may register, such as Rio de Janeiro or Minas Gerais.
News that is being updated.-