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Southern Brazil blanketed by snow — a sight not seen in 38 years

Southern Brazil blanketed by snow — a sight not seen in 38 years

By Edy Bestle

The picture looks like it could have been taken in some awesome and cold place in Europe, right? But that can't be. It's summer time there now. In fact, just yesterday, people waiting for word of the birth of the royal baby had to stand around in sweltering heat, the hottest day on record in seven years in the UK.

[caption id="attachment_25365" align="alignright" width="230"]Florianopolis is the capital of Santa Catarina. It is an island. People usually go there for the summer and while it can get chilly there, it doesn't get this cold Florianopolis is the capital of Santa Catarina. It is an island. People usually go there for the summer and while it can get chilly there, it doesn't get this cold[/caption]

So maybe it was Alaska or Siberia?

Nope! The picture was taken in Rancho Queimado City, Rio Grande do Sul (RS) BRAZIL!

After 38 years, Curitiba, capital of Parana State, in southern BRAZIL, saw snow again!

Not only there, but also in more than one hundred cities in the southern states of Brazil — Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Needless to say, the sight of snow brought out the inner child in people who got very excited. After all, snow on the ground is not a very common landscape in a so-called tropical country.

Cities such as Guarapari, by the sea, where people are used to spending the summer sun bathing, were caught by surprise with a delicate white cold layer of snow covering the city.

[caption id="attachment_25366" align="alignleft" width="230"]City of São José dos Ausentes, RS. According to the National Measures Institute, the city was covered by snow flakes as of 4.30 am.  (Source: Agencia RBS/Estadão) City of São José dos Ausentes, RS, temperature below - 0,5ºC, according to the National Measures Institute, was covered by snow flakes as off 4.30 am.
Agencia RBS/Estadão[/caption]

It wasn't long before social media became loaded with pictures of white fields and roads, and improvised snow men.

The temperatures, at this time of the year, in southern Brazil usually reach 0C, something close to 30F. Yesterday, the official lowest temperature was -4C, something like 24.8F.

The amazing thing about all of this is that, not so far away from the city of Curitiba, there were some cities living up to Brazil's sunny reputation, just like always.

(Featured Photo: Resident of Curitiba, Brazil celebrates the first snowfall since 1975.)

Latina Lista contributor Edy Bestle is an entrepreneur who resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

View Comments (3)


  1. Ricieri

    July 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Every year it snows in Brazil in elevated areas. It was just in Curitiba that took 38 years for another precipitation.

  2. Rogério Penna

    July 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Just a point: it snows EVERY YEAR in southern Brazil. Sometimes less, sometimes more. Usually restricted to the two southernmost states, sometimes it advances in a few Paraná State cities.

    2010 in particular had some strong snowfall in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

  3. Andre

    July 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    The Florianopolis photo featured in this artcile is fake.

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