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Guadalajara, in Jalisco state in western Mexico, has recently been basking in temperatures in excess of 30C.

As such, it came as a bit of a surprise when the city was buried in nearly five feet of hail following a massive storm.

The hail was so severe and sudden that roads were left completely blocked and cars were buried in six suburbs of the city.

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Authorities say that 200 homes have been damaged with dozens of vehicles swept away by the deluge of ice in hilly areas. The hailstorm also caused flooding and tree collapses, however, no casualties or injuries have been reported so far.

The government has deployed trucks and heavy machinery in a bid to clear the streets and army and emergency service personnel have been drafted in to help with the operation.

Seasonal hailstorms have occurred in the city of five million in the past, however, never with such severity.

Vehicles have been buried by the hail. Credit: Getty
Vehicles have been buried by the hail. Credit: Getty
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Jalisco governor, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, suggested that such freakish weather renders it ridiculous to question the existence of climate change.

He said: "I went there to evaluate the situation and I witnessed scenes which I had never seen before: hail accumulation more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists.

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"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara. These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons. It's incredible.

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

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... So perhaps we shouldn't feel too hard done by if we're dampened by the odd summer shower.

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