By Marvin G. Perez and Tarso Veloso
Frost and freezing conditions occurred in southern Brazil this morning, with most of the hard freezes in Santa Catarina and parts of Rio Grande do Sul, according to World Weather Inc.
Lighter freezes occurred in southern Parana, mostly wheat country, and frost in parts of Sul de Minas, with minimal impact
Most lows were 2C-6C (36F-43F)
“There was weak and occasional frost, a situation far from what was observed last year,” Climatempo says in bulletin
Polar air mass spurring steep decline in temperatures this week caused frost, “so far in smaller scale, over areas of Parana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goias and even Mato Grosso,” said Marco Antonio dos Santos, owner and agricultural meteorologist at Rural Clima
Coffee, sugar cane, corn, vegetables and cotton were the most affected, he says
“We believe that the damage is more localized and not strong enough to reduce the national production”
Farmers generating heat to avoid frost damage in coffee crops in Campos Altos, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Temperatures will remain similar Friday into Saturday with a couple of locations in Parana about a degree or two lower: World Weather
NOTE: Minas Gerais is top coffee producing state; Sao Paulo is the largest for sugarcane and oranges, and Parana is the 2nd-biggest corn producer and an important producer of sweetener and ethanol, Mato Grosso do Sul is the 3rd-biggest corn producer
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