Costa Rica Declares State of Emergency As Polar Vortex Sends Temperatures Below 75 Degrees Fahrenheit

State of Emergency declared as ocean water temperatures plummet to lukewarm

Most weren't as brave as Marcela Gomez, pictured here, and stayed out of the water.

Most weren’t as brave as Marcela Gomez, pictured here, and stayed out of the water.

PLAYA HERMOSA – President Laura Chinchilla declared a State of Emergency yesterday as the polar vortex that froze most of North America blew in to Costa Rica and sent thermometers plunging to a record low 73°F (23 °C).

Chinchilla urged Costa Ricans to take precautions as the Nordic front pushed south, encouraging citizens to wear covered-toe sandals and heavier tank-tops or even short-sleeved shirts. She also suggested that women wear adult-sized skirts, and for men to use less hair gel in case of a deep freeze.

“We could be facing a national crisis,” Chinchilla said in a national address beneath an umbrella to deflect the frosty dry season sunshine. “If Niagara Falls can freeze, who’s to say that Rio Celeste or La Paz waterfalls isn’t next?”

Beachgoers also had vacations disrupted by the Arctic air, as tourists complained of below bathwater Ocean water temperatures and not getting as tan as desired.

“I don’t even know why I brought Cocoa Butter,” said U.S. tourist Candice Camelot, as her forehead beaded with sweat outside a Playa Hermosa resort. “My boyfriend only surfed for four hours yesterday because the water was like ice.”

The National Meteorology Institute said the front should pass by Sunday as temperatures will rise to an only-chilly 85-86°F (30°C). In the meantime, citizens are advised to keep their home and car windows partially closed and, if necessary, to burn trash in their living rooms to generate heat.

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22 thoughts on “Costa Rica Declares State of Emergency As Polar Vortex Sends Temperatures Below 75 Degrees Fahrenheit

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  3. I had a friend that was down there when this happened . They were saying the global enviromentalist were way off . They said only half the planet was experiancing the warming ; The other half was experiancing the cooling . He also said the line where the air meets was shifting . They were afraid that ice could start falling from the sky , thats why they declaired the state of emergency . They left that out of the article .

  4. The temperature alone can not tell you how the climate was. If this article is true, it was obviously icier than it sounds or than the actual temps would lead you and I to believe, imo. COoler temps just feel different from different places. I sure can’t explain it.

    • I highly doubt the article is true. It indicates that Maria Chinchilla is the president when, in fact, it is Mr. Luis Guillermo Solis!!

      The hair gel and skirt comments along alone should clue most people in that this is a joke.

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