'Incredible' freak summer hailstorm hits Mexican city of Guadalajara

The state governor suggested the extreme weather event could be a result of climate change

The state governor suggested the extreme weather event could be a result of climate change Credit Francisco Guasco REX

Civil protection machinery has been frantically scrambled to the worst-affected areas in an attempt to clear the streets in the city located north of Mexico City - the country's capital.

It's summer in Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous towns, which made what happened there over the weekend all the more surprising.

Several neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Guadalajara were covered in up to 1.5 metres (4.92 feet) of ice after a heavy hail storm struck the area on Sunday night.

He said there was no recorded injury or death related to the hailstorm.

He added: "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". "These are never-before-seen natural phenomena", he said.

Residents in the mountainous area, which sits about 350 miles west of Mexico City, reported damage to almost 200 homes and businesses, according to AFP, and some 50 vehicles were swept away by the heavy ice and rain.

No casualties have been reported.

A policeman stands next to vehicles buried in hail.

Six of Guadalajara's suburbs awoke to find their streets entirely blanketed in ice, despite 30C (86F) temperatures the day before.

A view of the damage due the accumulation of hail in the streets of Guadalajara.

The incredible photographs show people climbing over the top of the metre-thick ice, submerging cars up to their windscreen.

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