'Incredible' freak summer hailstorm hits Mexican city of Guadalajara

A man walks as hail covers the streets in Guadalajara, Mexico, after a storm. Source: AAP

Guadalajara has been experiencing a summer in the 30s, but residents woke up on Sunday to ice levels two-metres deep.

A freak hailstorm has struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities, shocking residents and trapping vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two metres deep.

"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara," said the state governor, Enrique Alfaro.

"Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons," he said.

"It's incredible."

A view of the damage due the accumulation of hail in the streets of Guadalajara.

Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City and with a population of about 5 million, has been experiencing summer temperature of about 31 degrees in recent days.

Seasonal hailstorms do occur, but there is no record of anything so heavy.

At least six neighborhoods in the city outskirts woke up to ice pellets up to two metres deep.

While children scampered around and hurled iceballs at each other, Civil Protection personnel and soldiers brought out heavy machinery to clear the roads.

People walk along Guadalajara's ice-covered streets.

Nearly 200 homes and businesses reported hail damage, and at least 50 vehicles were swept away by the deluge of ice in hilly areas, some buried under piles of pellets.

No casualties were reported, but two people showed "early signs of hypothermia," the state Civil Protection office said.

Source AFP - SBS


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