When Poles think “Where to run away from global warming?”
Brazil is always rather associated with sun, heat, beaches and tropical climate, oh yeah. Who would have thought to run away from the global warming precisely into these regions – to come exactly here in their attempt at a “departure to cooler countries” for the summer! People must be melting in the sun and spilling over the hot asphalt here after all, or – in the best case scenario – never leave the shower in order to avoid precisely that! Okay. That last one is actually true, to some extent…
A few facts about Brazil
Brazil is a really huge country, crosses a few time zones (4 to be more precise) and is crossed by both the Equator in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south, so also the climate here, depending on the place, could be very different. In the north, we can differentiate two seasons: hot summer – now, and HELL – in the summer. (In the summer? Well, yes, because right now in Brazil, that is located almost entirely in the southern hemisphere, the winter is coming!) In the south, on the other hand, the climate is a bit lighter when it comes to the heat. There are places where even snow happens in winter! (Rather in trace amounts, but let it be).
I live in São Paulo right now and it is located directly on the Tropic of Capricorn. Now the question is whether it should worry anyone that the winter is coming in the tropical climate? Taking under consideration the sun shining out the window, a pleasant wind blowing lightly and the birds chirping among trees we could assume that rather not. And what my headache and my throat failure would say about that, that’s already a different question.
What is wrong with this tropical climate?
In the tropical climate generally, the average monthly temperature varies a lot and the amplitude of it is much higher than in the equatorial climate. It is also characterised by huge daily swings, which – in themselves – aren’t all that bad. That’s why only a few days ago I have discovered why the winter here is such a scary thing, even though the temperature – at least here in São Paulo – doesn’t go below 5C even at night, and whenever it does get cool at all it doesn’t last for longer than a week anyway.
The reason why we should be concerned with the – nowadays a bit infamous – phrase that goes “Winter is Coming”* is that…. in Brazil you can’t really close the window unless you’re a fat billionaire!
Deceitful flowers in winter
For now it is still “autumn” here but, to be honest, during the day you can hardly feel it, taking under consideration that the flowers are still flourishing (2)*, the leaves don’t fall, “autumn” has started on the 21st of March and the whole April it was around 32-36C, in May 23-30C and currently at the very peak of frost it can get down to 18C. Don’t be misguided though, cuz ‘how does one go from that to a runny nose, coughing and a sore throat?’ Unfortunately very easily – you just wait for the nightly change to kick in, lie in bed under the covers with your head poking out and breathe in the 11-15C air flow blowing right at your sleeping figure. And if you dare to uncover yourself during sleep? Man, you asked for it.
I asked for it.
1. *Infamous as according to the disappointing af 8th season of the series “Game of Thrones” the winter – that was coming for the previous 7 fucking seasons – came and went away over ONE NIGHT (Long live the Night King… heh)
2. * The flowers here flourish the whole year long, just, depending on the season, they are different types of flowers