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Typically sunny Rio de Janeiro becomes unrecognizable during cold spell

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People walk along the coast on a cold day at Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 26. According to local media, temperatures have fallen down to about 16 degrees Celcius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) and winds could reach speeds of almost 76 km (47 miles) per hour.

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Workers look at dark clouds on a cold day at Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 26.

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Tourists walk along Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 26, during a cold day. The temperature lowered to 13 degrees Celcius with a real feel of 9 degrees Celcius.

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A kite surfer takes advantage of the strong winds at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 26, during a cold day.

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View of the Christ the Redeemer statue, atop the Corcovado hill, with heavy clouds in the background in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 26, during a cold day.

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