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Wild Weather Is Happening Around The World But This Time It Hit Mexico’s Second Largest City And The Photos Are Unreal

There has been some seriously wild weather happening all around the globe in recent weeks.

From the record-breaking heat wave across Europe (Paris hit an all-time record high of 112ºF) to the tornado outbreaks in the US, it’s been a wild weather rollercoaster.

And now it’s Mexico’s turn. The city of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest, saw some truly freaky weather over the weekend.

Guadalajara is dealing with the aftermath of a record-shattering hail storm.

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Residents of the Mexican city of Guadalajara woke up to a massive hailstorm Sunday that covered several neighborhoods in a layer of ice up to five feet thick in some areas.

The hailstorm hit Guadalajara at around 2 a.m. Sunday, the AFP reports, when the temperature suddenly dropped after several weeks of extreme summer heat.

Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, had residents trapped inside their homes and vehicles as the hail creeped inside stores and left ice mounted on top of cars making roads impassable.

The government of Jalisco has been working with the Mexican Army and Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque authorities to clean and remove the hail from all public roads, the governor said, as well as support citizens whose homes were affected.

While hail storms are relatively normal in Guadalajara, a storm of this magnitude is one for the record books.

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At least six neighborhoods in the city outskirts woke up to hail up to six feet deep.

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

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 hail.

While no casualties were reported, two people showed “early signs of hypothermia,” the state civil protection office said.

Jalisco’s governor, the state where Guadalajara is located, begged the question of how can people still question climate change.

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Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, which Guadalajara is the capital of, said he’d never witnessed scenes like those he saw Sunday morning.

“Hail more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists,” he said on Twitter.

While some in the city decided to take advantage of the free ice.

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Because when life gives you free ice…obviously you don’t let that go to waste.

Videos of the freak hail storm are making their way around social media and…OMG!

This is some seriously wild weather!

Many on Twitter reminded all of us of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow.”

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I mean it’s not too far of a stretch. Weather like this is not normal in Guadalajara, especially at this level.

No place was safe…not even the beloved Oxxo convenience store chain.

When the local Oxxo has problems, you know things are bad.

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