July 30 (Reuters) – Temperatures plunged across Brazil on Thursday – with infrequent overnight snowfall in some places – as a mass of polar air moved toward the south-central of the world’s agricultural powerhouse, threatening to freeze the coffee, sugarcane and orange crops.
Cars, streets and highways were covered in ice as people took the opportunity to take photos and play in the snow, building snowmen.
“I’m 62 and I’ve never seen snow before, you know? Seeing the beauty of nature is something indescribable, ”truck driver Iodor Goncalves Marques told Cambara do Sul, a municipality in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, speaking to TV Globo. .
More than 40 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul had freezing conditions and at least 33 municipalities had snow, the weather company Somar Meteorologia reported.
Exceptionally cold weather in Brazil has already pushed up international prices for coffee and sugar, and Friday is expected to be the coldest day of the year, according to Marco Antonio dos Santos, partner of meteorological consultancy Rural Clima.
In a report released Thursday, dos Santos said southern Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, states where farmers grow crops like corn, would face low temperatures on Friday as the wave of cold air sets in. headed north.
The polar air mass is expected to move over Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, the main producers of sugar, citrus and coffee on Friday, bringing freezing temperatures.
According to the meteorological company MetSul, winds in the city of Sao Francisco de Paula reached a maximum of 80 kilometers per hour (49 mph), a rare occurrence in Brazil.
” It was worth it. In fact, you hardly feel the cold because of the excitement of the snow. It’s wonderful, it’s wonderful! Brazilian Joselaine da Silva Marques told TV Globo while enjoying the snow in Cambara do Sul.
Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Karishma Singh and Sonali Paul
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