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06 Sep 2023

Torrential rain and winds slam Southern Brazil

Southern Brazil has been hit by torrential rain and winds caused by a cyclone, leading the governor of one of the most impacted areas, Rio Grande do Sul, to call it the state’s worst-ever weather disaster. More than 300 mm of rain hit Rio Grande do Sul in less than 24 hours. This triggered floods and landslides, with more flooding being expected in the next days. So far, thousands have been forced to leave their homes, at least 21 people have died and there are still people missing. The little town, Mucum, with 5,000 inhabitants, has been hit especially hard with over 85% of the town being flooded and multiple people found dead.  

While many factors contribute to this flooding, a warming atmosphere as a result of climate change makes heavy rainfall events more frequent. Although it is far away, Arctic warming can also increase temperatures globally, which can impact global atmospheric systems, including patterns of moisture. When these moisture-rich air masses interact with other weather systems, such as cold fronts or low-pressure systems, it can result in more significant and prolonged rainfall events. 

Drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is needed to mitigate climate change, including a rapidly warming Arctic with global consequences. Such action can help prevent or lessen the severity of extreme weather events, protecting vulnerable communities like those affected by the recent disaster in Brazil. 

Do you want to know more about the Artic’s influence on South America? Read more here.



The following gauges show up-to-date data regarding key indicators in the Arctic. These indicators clearly point to the crisis at hand.

Greenland rate of ice loss
13 million l/s
on average
13 million tonnes/s
on average
Arctic Sea Ice Extent
435,999 km²
below 1981-2010 average on 13-Apr-2024
168,339 mi²
below 1981-2010 average on 13-Apr-2024
Arctic Amplification
4 times
faster than global average
Arctic 66N+ Wildfire emissions
-0.00 megatonnes CO₂e
CO₂e emissions in 2024 so far
Arctic Air Quality (PM2.5)
3.68 microgram per cubic meter
on 14-Apr-2024
Global mean Sea Level
since 1993