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Record-low temperatures hit southern Brazil

yakecan record low temperatures brazil may 2022

Temperatures in Brazil began dropping early last week with the approach of Subtropical Storm “Yakecan”1 – eventually reaching unprecedented lows in the country’s south. At least one person has died of hypothermia in Sao Paulo.

The Federal District recorded 1.4 °C (34 °F) on May 19 – its coldest temperature in history while Sao Paulo set a new record with 6.6 °C (43.8 °F) on May 18, temperatures unheard of since 1990.2, 3

Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, recorded 4.4 °C (38.9 °F) – its lowest temperature since 1979.

Santa Catarina registered -2 °C (28.4 °F) and the first snowfall in 15 years.

Minimum temperatures in Brazil on May 18, 2022
Minimum temperatures in Brazil on May 18, 2022. Credit: INEMET
Minimum temperatures in Brazil on May 19, 2022
Minimum temperatures in Brazil on May 19, 2022. Credit: INEMET

While cold fronts are normal in the south this time of year, it is rare for such low temperatures to reach as far north as they have now.3

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1 Unusually powerful Subtropical Storm “Yakecan” hits Urugay and Brazil – The Watchers – MAy

2 Onda de Frio derruba as temperaturas em grande parte do Brasil – INEMET – May 19, 2022

3 Cold wave hits southern Brazil with record-low temperatures – France24 – May 20, 2022

Featured image credit: WION (stillshot)


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