It’s COLD in Brazil!
Most people, including Brazilians, think of Brazil as tropical, and a lot of it is. Still, Porto Alegre is at the southern tip of the country and it’s now June and approaching winter. It typically doesn’t snow here, but it can get down to freezing temperatures at night with wind and rain, which is no fun.
But that’s not the big problem.
I’m from the mountains in the United States. I can take the cold. I prefer cool temperatures to the heat. But the infrastructure here is not set up for the cold.
A lot of the housing doesn’t have heat! My apartment has no heating systems. There is gas heat for the water, and I can turn on gas burners on the stove, or run my clothes dryer, but these things are not made for heating the place. It’s warmer than outside, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s much warmer.
A Carioca would just die here. When it is 70 degrees F in Rio they break out the coats and sweaters and start complaining!
We do tend to have a similar problem back in Wyoming. A lot of the houses there have no air conditioning. It can get warm in the summer sometimes, and uncomfortable. It’s just the same problem in reverse. Fans are cheaper, easier, and safer than space heaters, however.