RIO DE JANEIRO – Several cities in southern Brazil experienced record low temperatures and even snow on Tuesday with the arrival of a mass of polar air blamed for two deaths in Argentina, authorities said.
Most towns in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Santa Catarina woke up to sub-freezing temperatures, the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) said.
The lowest reading was recorded in Bom Jardim da Serra, Santa Catarina, where the temperature was minus 7.4 C (18 F) at 6 am, with a wind chill of minus 17 C (1 F).
Snow fell in the mountains of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.
Inmet’s forecast calls for the unusually cold temperatures to persist until Thursday.