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Brazilians revel in icy snap as country sees rare snowfall

A view of a street covered in snow in Vacaria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, July 28, 2021.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Temperatures dropped across Brazil on July 29 — with rare snowfall overnight in some places — as a polar air mass advanced toward the center-south of the global agricultural powerhouse, threatening coffee, sugarcane and orange crops with frost.

Cars, streets and highways were blanketed in ice while people took the opportunity to take pictures and play in the snow, building snowmen.

“I am 62 years old and had never seen the snow, you know? To see nature’s beauty is something indescribable,” said truck driver Iodor Goncalves Marques in Cambara do Sul, a municipality of Rio Grande do Sul state, speaking to TV Globo network.

A man plays with snow at a farm in rural Sao Joaquim, Brazil, on July 29, 2021.

A man plays with snow at a farm in rural Sao Joaquim, Brazil, on July 29, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AP

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.

Unusually cold weather in Brazil has already sent international prices for coffee and sugar higher and July 30 was forecast to be the coldest day of the year, according to Marco Antonio dos Santos, a partner at weather consultancy firm Rural Clima.

In a report on July 29, dos Santos said the south of Goiásand Mato Grosso do Sul, states where farmers grow crops like corn, would face low temperatures on July 30 as the wave of cold air marched northward.

The polar air mass should move over Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, major producers of sugar, citrus and coffee, on July 30, bringing freezing temperatures.

According to meteorology company Met Sul, winds in the city of Sao Francisco de Paula reached a maximum of 80 km per hour, a rare occurrence in Brazil.

“It was worth it. Actually, you almost do not feel the cold because of how exciting the snow is. It is marvellous, it is marvellous!” Brazilian Joselaine da Silva Marques told TV Globo while enjoying the snow in Cambara do Sul.


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