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The cold wave in the United States has spread to Mexico, where unusual temperatures of up to -15°C are expected. The mountainous regions of the north of the country are the most affected, as well as the center of the country, where exceptional snowfalls have been observed.
With Emmanuelle Steels, RFI correspondent in Mexico City
An absolutely “atypical” cold wave. This is how Mexico describes the abnormally low temperatures that are petrifying the north and center of the country, including the capital.
The polar cold that has hit the United States in recent days is also affecting its neighbor to the south, much less prepared for these extreme conditions. In the mountainous areas east of Mexico City, snow has fallen, something extremely rare.
But while temperatures hover around freezing at night, the sun warms the atmosphere during the day. The north of the country is even worse: from -15°C to -10°C, freezing gusts and a storm forecast for Wednesday, December 28.
Migrants hard hit
Most Mexican homes lack heating, but authorities are also concerned about migrants camping on the US border. Despite the cold, these groups of Central Americans and Venezuelans are determined to stay, trying to keep warm around makeshift bonfires.
They have been waiting several weeks to apply for asylum on the other side of the border, an increasingly uncertain prospect.
Freezing temperatures were recorded in 48 US states over the weekend, including Texas communities along the border with Mexico, where some recently arrived migrants were having difficulty finding shelter.