Southern Brazil shivers through record breaking, rare summer cold


The city of Sao Joaquim in Santa Catarina, southern Brazil, recorded its fourth frost of summer 2020 in February, according to the municipality's online agency. This was also the second cold blast in the country for the month, which is considered extremely rare.

The record was registered at Vale do Caminhos da Neve, which was about 3 km (2 miles) from the municipality's center.

According to the Keizer Station Network, the coldest temperature in the area pummeled to 2 °C (35.6 °F), with the coldest temperature in the state being at 0.9 °C (33.6 °F) at Urupema.

This was the second mass of cold and strong wind in the month of February, which meteorologists consider to be extremely rare, the Sao Joaquim Online agency noted.

In Florianopolis, February was the second coldest on record, almost beating the previous record of 13.7 °C (56.7 °F) set in 1987.

"The dry and stable air that influences the sectors of the West to Serra provides milder minimums varying between 9 to 16 °C (48.2 to 60.8 °F)," wrote Piter Scheuer, a meteorologist from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (USFC).

"And [it was] little higher in the East of the state (cold and humid air)," he added, along with a minimum temperature map of Santa Catarina.


Image credit: Piter Scheuer

Featured image credit: Piter Scheuer


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