Snow in Bolivia and Peru – level 3

12-08-2021 07:00

Rare snowfall fell heavily over parts of Bolivia and Peru last week, blanketing buildings and leaving vehicles stranded.

In Potosi, Bolivia, temperatures dropped below zero, providing the perfect climate for the downpour of snow. Some locals threw snowballs in the town square in delight, while soccer matches were suspended amid the rare snowy conditions. In Arequipa, Peru, snow covered the landscape and blanketed roads into a sheet of ice.

In both South American countries, the climate varies considerably depending on region and altitude. Although temperatures can drop to below zero, snow is uncommon except at the very highest elevations. The cold weather is expected to continue in Bolivia and Peru for the remainder of the week.

Difficult words: suspend (to officially stop something for a short time), altitude (the height of an object in relation to sea level), elevation (the height above a given level).

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