Eish! Freak hailstorm engulfs Mexican city

The city has been basking in summer temperatures of over 30C in recent days

The city has been basking in summer temperatures of over 30C in recent days Credit Fernando Carranza Reuters

The hailstorm came as a shock to the people of Guadalajara, who had been experiencing summer temperatures around 31 degrees Celsius in recent days.

The governor of Jalisco state, where Guadalajara is located, said he witnessed deposits of hail that were one meter deep.

Cars covered of hail at the streets in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Mexico weather forecast: The region has been hit by hail storms before, but never this heavy.

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

The incredibly unusual storm brought families out onto the streets to play in ice piled high despite the summer heat.

"This is not a natural phenomenon that we had not seen before", Alfaro said in Spanish in the video. The build-up was up to five foot (1.5m) thick in parts, with the tops of vehicles just peeping above the ice.

Vehicles lie entombed in ice after a freak hailstorm struck Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday.

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In the Rancho Blanco area of the city, which was particularly hard-hit, some 30 vehicles and 60 homes were damaged, Jalisco Civil Protection officials said on Facebook.

"The most important of all is that at the moment there are no reports of injured people or fatalities", Governor Alfaro Ramírez said.

Hail forms during thunderstorms when water droplets are carried into the sky by upward warm air currents. Scroll down to learn more about the freak weather event through photos.

A girl and a baby stroll on hail in the jap role of Guadalajara on Sunday.

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