Photos show freak summer hailstorm coating roads with 5 feet of ice in Guadalajara, Mexico

Ulises Ruiz/AFP/GettyA police officer next to submerged vehicles in eastern Guadalajara after a freak summer hailstorm on Sunday.
  • Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, in southwestern Mexico, experienced a freak hailstorm early Sunday.
  • In some neighbourhoods, roads were blanketed with up to 5 feet of ice.
  • Dozens of vehicles were swept away, and homes were damaged. But there have been no reports of injuries or deaths.
  • Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, tweeted that these were “scenes that I had never seen before,” adding, “We asked ourselves if climate change exists.”
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A freak hailstorm blanketed large parts of Guadalajara on Sunday, coating the southwestern Mexican city’s roads with up to 5 feet of ice.

The city had been experiencing temperatures of about 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit) in the days before the unexpected storm.

Dozens of vehicles were swept away, and cars and trucks were submerged. There were also reports of damage to homes and businesses.

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths, though there were two reports of people showing signs of hypothermia, according to Agence France-Presse.

Scroll down to learn more about the freak weather event through photos.


Guadalajara experienced an unexpected, heavy hailstorm early Sunday, coating highways and streets with up to 5 feet of ice in at least six neighbourhoods.

Ulises Ruiz/AFP/GettyEastern Guadalajara after the hailstorm.

The hail mainly hit Rancho Blanco and the industrial zone, toward the southeastern parts of the city, said Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco.

Source: BBC


The city had been experiencing hot weather, with temperatures of about 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit), in the past few days.

Ulises Ruiz/AFP/GettyTourists taking a selfie in front of the Guadalajara Cathedral.

Source: BBC


Cars that had been on the streets were half-submerged in ice after the hailstorm. At least 50 cars were swept away by the ice in hilly areas, Agence France-Presse reported.

Ulises Ruiz/AFP/GettyA police officer next to submerged vehicles in eastern Guadalajara on Sunday.

Source: AFP


Even large trucks were submerged. This photo shows how high the ice was in eastern Guadalajara.

Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty

Some people were forced to use a ladder to access cars from above.


Mexican service members and Civil Protection personnel were dispatched from dawn to clear away the ice, Alfaro tweeted.

Source: Alfaro on Twitter


The onslaught of ice damaged nearly 200 homes and businesses, AFP reported.

Enrique Alfaro/TwitterOfficials help shovel ice from a building entrance on Sunday.

Source: AFP


Snow plows were also used.


There were reports of flooding in the streets as the ice melted.

Source: BBC


No deaths or injuries were reported, but two people showed signs of hypothermia, AFP said, citing Civil Protection personnel.

Ulises Ruiz/AFP/GettyA man walks his bike on a sheet of ice in eastern Guadalajara on Sunday.

Source: AFP


Some residents came out to play after the ice settled.


This girl even made a snow angel.


While seasonal hailstorms are not uncommon in Guadalajara, the severity of Sunday’s storm was unprecedented. Alfaro tweeted that these were “scenes that I had never seen before.”

Protección Civil Jalisco/TwitterCivil Protection personnel shovel ice in Guadalajara on Sunday.

Source: Alfaro on Twitter


Alfaro said that with the hail more than a meter high, “we asked ourselves if climate change exists.”

Source: Alfaro on Twitter

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