[QODLink]
Weather

Deadly cold weather grips South America

Flurries of snow are even seen as far north as Brazil.

Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 13:03
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
This is the first time that snow has fallen in the Brazilian city of Curitiba since 1975 [EPA]

Polar air has blasted South America, causing temperatures to tumble and blanketing many parts of the region with snow.

At least six people in Argentina are now believed to have died due to the weather.

One of the victims is said to be a three-year-old boy, who was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning emitted from a heater.

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

Many southern parts of South America saw snow, including the Chilean capital of Santiago.

In Sierra de la Ventana, in the south of the Buenos Aires Province, the snow was so heavy that roads were forced to close.

Unusually, snow also fell further north.

In Bernardo de Irigoyen, the northern Argentinian state of Misiones, snow was reported and even in Brazil some flurries were seen.

Scores of cities of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul saw flakes of snow, some of which settled.

Cold blasts of weather are fairly common in South America at this time of year and are known as friagens, or geadas in Portuguese.

Friagens can travel all the way to the northern parts of South America.

In 2010, towns in the Amazon rainforest saw temperatures drop as low as 7C, when they wouldn’t be expected to drop below 18C.

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 current cold snap did not penetrate as far north, but was unusual in the amount of snow that it delivered. In some cities, such as Curitiba, this was the first time that snow had fallen for 38 years.

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

327

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Rights groups say the US prosecution of terrorism cases targets Muslims and are fraught with abuses.
Local painters forgo experimentation to cater to growing number of foreign buyers.
Cyprus is a tax haven and has long attracted wealthy Russians, but it could become a European energy hub.
Palestinians in Gaza have been shocked by the scale of Israeli destruction, as long-term truce efforts continue.
The Positive Action Foundation Philippines, manned by HIV-positive staff, provides care to those who have no one else.
join our mailing list