Europe hit by extreme cold, storms and flooding

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Europe is facing a severe weather crisis, as a blast of Arctic air brings record-low temperatures, heavy snowfall, strong winds, and coastal flooding to many parts of the continent. The cold snap, dubbed “Beast from the East 2” by some media outlets, has caused widespread disruption, power outages, travel chaos, and fatalities across several countries.

In Germany, the temperature plunged to -28.8°C in the Bavarian Alps, the lowest recorded in the country since 2010. More than 30 cm of snow fell in Berlin, causing traffic jams and train delays. The German Weather Service issued a warning for blizzard conditions and avalanches in the mountainous regions.

In France, the Eiffel Tower was closed due to ice and snow, and more than 100,000 homes were left without electricity in the north and east of the country. The French government activated its emergency plan to cope with the extreme cold, which has claimed at least four lives so far.

In Spain, Storm Filomena brought the heaviest snowfall in 50 years to Madrid and other parts of the country, paralyzing the capital and forcing the closure of the airport, roads, and schools. The storm also caused flooding and landslides in the Canary Islands, where more than 1,000 people had to be evacuated.

In the UK, Storm Darcy brought strong winds and snow to parts of England and Scotland, disrupting travel and vaccinations. The Met Office issued amber and yellow warnings for snow and ice and urged people to stay at home. The storm also caused flooding and erosion along the east coast of England, where some residents had to be evacuated.

The extreme weather is expected to last until the end of the week, as the cold air from Siberia clashes with the warmer air from the Atlantic. Meteorologists warn that the situation could worsen, as more snow, rain, and wind are forecast for many areas. They also advise people to take precautions and follow the official guidance to stay safe and warm.

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