In June this time (last time was August… closer to mid-winter).
Tuesday, June 28th 2011 – 06:34 UTC
South Brazil freezing: temperatures below zero force closure of schools
Several cities in the south of Brazil recorded on Monday temperatures below zero Centigrade which caused the death of a man and forced the closure of schools, according to official reports.
In the state of Santa Catarina temperatures dropped to below zero with the lowest in the city of Urubici, minus 4.5 degrees with 90 kilometres gusts of wind that pushed the cold factor to minus 27 degrees. Ponds and streams in the area were covered with a thin coat of ice.
In Florianopolis, capital of Santa Catarina and a renowned sea resort, thermometers registered 6 degrees below zero and further south in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering with Uruguay, several locations emerged covered in snow, which forced education officials to close schools until next Wednesday.
“We’ve had snow before but never this cold factor. Some schools opened but by 10:00 in the morning everybody was gone because of the intense cold, nobody could stand it”, said the mayor of Sao Jose, Erivetto Sinval Velho.
I like that “never this cold” part…
From Metsul, in Portugese, but with a bunch of great pictures:
My rough translation:
Predictions by MetSul Meteorology were confirmed, and southern Brazil was reached in late June by a powerful mass of polar air; that accompanied the cyclone that brought winter storm conditions to the region. The temperature had plummeted on Saturday but on Sunday it had collapsed for good. On Sunday afternoon the first flakes of snow began to fall in the highlands of Santa Catarina, which was repeated later in Rio Grande do Sul and up to Parana. In San Joaquin, the snow began low during the afternoon, but at night it intensified, to the delight of tourists (reproduction of the People’s Mail).
The snow had also intensified on Sunday night at Urubici in the Southern Plateau of Santa Catarina. Before midnight, the cars were already covered by snow (photo by Larissa Luiza Macedo).
As I’m just linking to the photos on their site, I’m pretty sure this comes under “fair use”. There are also many more pictures at their site and you ought to go look at all of them ;-)
A previsão da MetSul Meteorologia se confirmou e o Sul do Brasil foi atingido neste fim de junho por uma potente massa de ar polar acompanha de ciclone que trouxe condições até de tempestade de inverno para a região. A temperatura já despencou no sábado, mas foi no domingo que desabou de vez. Na tarde do domingo começaram a cair os primeiros flocos de neve nas partes altas de Santa Catarina, o que se repetiria depois no Rio Grande do Sul e até no Paraná. Em São Joaquim, a neve começou fraca durante a tarde, mas à noite se intensificou para o delírio dos turistas (reprodução do Correio do Povo).
Onde a neve se intensificou também na noite do domingo foi em Urubici, no Planalto Sul de Santa Catarina. Antes da meia-noite, os carros já estavam cobertos pela neve (foto de Larissa Luiza Macedo).
So, welcome to another snowy year in Brazil… Starting a bit early this time, though…
(As I type this, I’ve turned on my heater. It is raining in “Sunny” California on the cusp of July, quite cold, and the garden is Waayyy behind schedule. It’s not just a local weather thing, it’s cold all over…)