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Polar blast brings snow, record low temps to southern Brazil

Staff Writer |
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.

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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.

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