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Chile's Capital Experiences Unprecedented Cold Wave

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - As the country transitions from summer to autumn, Chileans find themselves bundling up against the most intense cold snap in nearly 70 years. The capital city, Santiago, is grappling with plummeting temperatures and snowy peaks in the mountains.

Historic Cold Wave

Climatologist Raul Cordero from the University of Santiago revealed that this cold wave is the most severe since 1950. For the first time in 74 years, Chile faces such extreme weather conditions in May. The abrupt shift from summer heat to extreme cold has caught residents off guard.

Code Blue for Vulnerable Populations

The Chilean government has declared a "code blue" in six regions across central and south central Chile. This measure aims to assist people living on the streets who are particularly vulnerable during the frigid weather.

Climate Change and Bad Luck

While climate change plays a role, climatologist Cordero also attributes the extreme weather events to a stroke of bad luck. The collision of polar cold masses with tropical warm ones can lead to storms, as seen recently in Brazil where heavy rains and floods caused significant damage.

Despite the challenges, Chileans are adapting by donning extra layers and seeking warmth in cups of hot coffee. The capital's longest cold wave on record serves as a stark reminder of the planet's changing climate.

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