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Freak summer hailstorm buries Guadalajara, Mexico, in up to 5 feet of ice — see the incredible photos

What the hail?

One of Mexico’s most populous cities got hit with a freak summer hailstorm on Sunday, burying dozens of cars and damaging hundreds of homes.

The city had been enjoying balmy temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) before the sudden storm pelted the city of around 5 million people with hail — frozen precipitation that forms balls or irregular lumps of ice — that piled between three to five feet in some places, according to varying reports.

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Guadalajara is coated in ice after rare massive summer hailstorm.

Authorities told the BBC that 200 homes were damaged and at least 50 vehicles were swept away in the city and surrounding districts.

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