Guadalajara residents woke up at the end of June to more than 3 feet of ice after a hailstorm broke the stretch of hot summer days.
Low pressure extending south from the US-Mexico border contributed to developing storms along the boundary that separates different air masses, CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said.
At nearly 5,000 feet above sea level, the city usually maintains a temperate climate, but the summer months often feature severe weather. Guy said Guadalajara’s rainy season is June through September.
Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco and the state’s governor Enrique Alfaro Ramirez said he had never seen anything like what he saw Sunday morning.
“Hail more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists,” he said on Twitter.
Severe weather events are becoming increasingly common across the world and scientists say climate change may be to blame. The Midwest and Indiana have experienced an increase in tornadoes and rainy conditions so far this summer.