Cold weather sweeps southern Brazil

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A severe cold front dumped snow on more than 80 towns in southern Brazil, leaving one dead, local weather forecast reported Tuesday.

According to the National Meteorology Institute, 87 towns in all three of the country's southern states saw snow and freezing rain late Monday and early Tuesday, with temperatures dipping below zero. Some towns registered temperature as low as minus 7 degrees Celsius.

It was the first time ever that it snowed in Florianopolis, capital of the Santa Catarina state, where a homeless person died.

The city, together with some others, declared a state of emergency.

Snow is rare in Brazil, falling only in a handful of towns in the mountainous areas.

Due to high risk of accidents, classes were suspended in the affected states, and several federal and state highways were closed.

The cold front has also pushed temperatures down in other regions of Brazil and is expected to last until the end of the week, according to weather forecast.

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