The State of Santa Catarina, located in southern Brazil on the border with Argentina, held an emergency meeting on Monday to prepare for the intense cold wave scheduled for this week. According to the regional government, the forecast indicates that it would be the lowest since 1955.
Relief and care agencies of Santa Catarina met to define the strategy to serve people and places that may be affected as of Wednesday, when 80% of the state is expected to register temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius, with minimums of up to 7 degrees below zero in some regions.
Private entities have predicted that the temperature drops due to the intense cold could reach -15 degrees Celsius, although official bodies have not denied or confirmed this weather forecast.
“We are monitoring the meteorological models, with the entire structure ready to give support to the municipalities, if necessary. It is important that people seek information in official channels redouble care for the most vulnerable, including animals “, highlighted in a note the governor of the State, Carlos Moisés.
The meeting with the governor was attended by representatives of the Civil Defense, the Fire Department, the Militarized Police, and the Secretaries of Social Assistance, Health and Tourism, among other state agencies.
The tourist and beach regional capital, Florianópolis, may have a temperature in the next few days of between 1 and 2 degrees centigrade, the lowest in recent years.
The cold wave, which creeps in from Uruguay, will affect the three states of the southern region of Brazil (Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná) and should also affect the low temperatures that some of the southeast may register, such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Minas Gerais.
In the mountains of southern Minas Gerais, 5 degrees Celsius below zero was recorded last weekend, although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with climate issues and carry out measurements with their own equipment reported more than 9 degrees below zero in some places.