Brazilians braced themselves for the roughest day of the year on Friday after some residents in southern provinces saw sleet for the first time. Temperatures plummeted across Brazil on Thursday – with unusual snowfall overnight in some spots – as a polar air abundance progressed toward the centre-south of the transnational farming powerhouse, endangering coffee, sugarcane and orange harvests with sleet.
Automobiles, roads and freeways were covered in sleet while people seized the chance to take pictures and play in the snow, building snowmen. “I am 62 years old and have never watched the sleet, you know? To observe nature’s elegance is something ineffable,” announced truck driver Iodor Goncalves Marques in Cambara do Sul, a city of Rio Grande does Sul district, speaking to TV Globo network.
More than 40 towns in the state of Rio Grande do Sul had snowy situations and at least 33 communities had snow, noted the meteorology corporation Somar Meteorologia. The rarely frigid climate in Brazil has already brought global rates for coffee and sugar higher and Friday was expected to be the frigid day of the year, according to Marco Antonio dos Santos, a member at weather consultancy company Rural Clima.
In an article on Thursday, dos Santos explained the south of Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, provinces where planters cultivate harvests like corn would encounter low temperatures on Friday as the surge of cold air trudged northward.
The polar air volume should shift over Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, primary producers of sugar, citrus and coffee, on Friday, bringing snowy temperatures. According to meteorology corporation MetSul, gusts in the town of Sao Francisco de Paula reached a limit of 80 kilometres per hour (49 mph), an unusual incident in Brazil.
“It was worth it. You practically do not realize the cold because of how fascinating the snow is. It is marvellous, it is marvellous!” Brazilian Joselaine da Silva Marques told TV Globo while celebrating the snow in Cambara do Sul.