Beast from the East has killed 48 people so far across Europe

03 March, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • Cold weather conditions on the Wicklow Mountains Pic Stephen Collins  Collins

The chill paralysed most of the country, with the harshest temperatures recorded in Valle d'Aosta in north-west Italy, where a low of minus 34.9 Celsius was recorded early Monday morning.

Travel in England and Ireland was disrupted Wednesday as snow from a Siberian weather pattern called the Beast from the East covered the region.

The Beast from the East has taken its toll on the Yorkshire transport network today with roads, railways and airports all facing a battle against the snow.

The cold spell has been caused by a jump in temperatures high over the Arctic, known by meteorologists as sudden stratospheric warming, which has weakened the jet stream that brings warm air in from the Atlantic to Ireland and Britain.

Three people in Lithuania have also died due to exposure over the past three days, the Baltic News Service (BNS) reported, as weekend temperatures plunged to minus 24 degrees Celsius (minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit).

Temperatures in France are forecast to drop to -10 deg C and feel as low as -18 deg C over the coming days.

For many cities in Europe, including Rome, Munich, Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Dublin, this is the coldest weather seen in several years, if not longer.

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Much of Europe has been blanketed in snow as cold weather spreads as far south as the Mediterranean coast.

As the cold becomes progressively more brutal, local authorities are scrambling to find shelters for the homeless.

The Met Office added: "Amber warnings remain in force across much of the United Kingdom - please take extra care out and about, only travel if absolutely necessary and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services".

Etterbeek mayor Vincent De Wolf said the cold was a "major risk", stressing that it was his responsibility to avoid potential deaths with temperatures set to drop to minus 15 C on Wednesday night.

Icy temperatures have caused travel disruption in the Netherlands and Britain.

"This week looks like being the coldest period we have had in the United Kingdom for a number of years", Britain's weather service, the Met Office, said on Sunday, warning of travel delays.

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