When most parts of the world were reeling under scorching heatwaves, residents of Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populated towns, were in for a big surprise Sunday morning when they woke up to ice pellets up to two meters deep after a raging hailstorm!
The summer hail storm left around 200 homes and businesses damaged, and at least 50 cars were swept away by the ice in hilly areas, explains AFP. Remarkably, nobody died, though two people had “early signs of hypothermia.” Yes, hypothermia in Mexico in the summer.
Enrique Alfaro, the Governor of Guadalajara’s state, Jalisco, said Civil Protection personnel quickly began digging out vehicles and pumping flood waters once the massive amounts of ice began to melt.
“I’ve never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,” Alfaro told AFP. “Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons,” he said. “It’s incredible.”