Imagine waking up in the middle of the day only to realize it’s still the middle of the night. Only it isn’t and it’s actually the sky that’s covered with such a thick layer of black smoke, barely any sun rays can get through. Now, this may sound like some sort of apocalyptic scenario but that’s the chilling reality that the residents of São Paulo, Brazil, had to experience.

On Monday, Brazil’s most populous city suddenly plunged into darkness as thick black clouds from the raging Amazon forest fires slowly crept over the busy metropolis.

On Monday, Brazil’s busiest city has been completely covered by thick dark clouds

In an interview with Folha De S. Paulo, meteorologist Franco Nadal Villela said the darkening was caused by a cold front from the east of São Paulo meeting with the fine dust brought in from the fires in Mato Grosso do Sul.

See the eerie Gotham City-esque view in the video below

Residents have been reporting the dark clouds since around 3 PM

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The darkening lasted over an hour before slowly creeping away.

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And it doesn’t end just there – some residents collected rainwater that was black as tar

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Even though the fires are burning over 1,700 miles away from Sao Paulo, the winds still managed to carry the black dust this great distance.

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Here’s how people reacted to the photos

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