Residents in Brazil are grappling with historically cold August, resulting in intense frost sweeping through many areas in Santa Catarina. Another round of extreme cold blast is set to hit next week, affecting a large portion of the southern region.
All-time cold records have been smashed in the municipality of Bom Jardim da Serra. According to the Keizer station network, the area registered -8.8 °C (16.2 °F) last Thursday, August 6.
It was the third consecutive day with temperatures below -8 °C (17.6 °F) and it was also the first time it occurred anywhere in Brazil since records began, according to Sao Joaquim Online.
The extreme cold led to frost in wide swaths of Santa Catarina, including Sao Joaquim and Urupema. Freezing conditions also swept through the Vale dos Vinhedos and the Vale da Invernadinha.
Ponds and lakes froze, water pipes burst, and a considerable amount of crops were blanketed in frost.
It is worthy to note that Santa Catarina has been recording consecutive below-freezing temperatures since late June. In mid-July, scores of record cold temperatures were registered in the state, as well as in the Rio Grande do Sul.
Next week, another blast of Antarctic cold is forecast to hit the South American continent, including Brazil's southern region. This cold blast is shaping up to be even more extreme than last week's.
By August 19 to 20, much of Argentina will be hit, as well as all of Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and a large portion of southern Brazil.
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