A powerful Antarctic cold mass is bringing unprecedented cold, record snow, and frosts to parts of South America, such as Argentina and Brazil.
In Brazil, one of the strongest polar air masses in the past years is starting to make temperatures drop in the Rio Grande do Sul. According to MetSul, the cold is forecast to intensify, and its coverage will be very large in South America, spreading across many countries.
MetSul also warned of severe frosts that will continue to impact much of Brazil, causing significant damage. Very rare snow is predicted for the country's southern region and outside the high plains.
"All numerical models analyzed by MetSul indicate the occurrence of snow in southern Brazil in this polar cold event," wrote MetSul.
In Argentina, a cold spell and rare snow have been reported in the provinces of Buenos Aires and Santa Fe this week. The observatory in the capital registered a daily high record of 8.5 °C (47.3 °F) on June 27, followed by historic overnight lows.
On June 28, several areas registered their coldest mornings this year, including -4 °C (24.8 °F) in Mendoza Aero, -4.4 °C (24 °F) in Mendoza Obs, -3.9 °C (25 °F) in Saint Martin, -6.9 °C (19.6 °F) in San Rafael, and -11.7 °C (10.9 °F) in Malargue.
The freezing temperatures and record snow has been ongoing in the country for weeks. On June 16, snow fell in Cordoba for the seventh time in 100 years, and it was also the first time the city was covered in white in 14 years.
Snow in the area is believed to have occurred on rare occasions in the past 100 years-- in 1912, 1918, 1920, 1955, 1975, and 2007.
#olapolar día 3— OFIMET ARGENTINA (@ofimet) June 27, 2021
Nueva Mínima anual hoy 27/6, se suman al "club de las -10" : Malargüe -11°2, S Martín/Junín Andes (aero) -10°3 y Uspallata -10°2. Otras 2021: L Quiaca -10°6, Bariloche -7°9, Conlara -7°6, S Juan -6°5, V Dolores -4°7, S Luis -3, Mza -1°4, Sfe 0°1 y Paraná 1°8 pic.twitter.com/r9K3a2bE47
Featured image credit: @MeteoFedex
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