Cold snap in Europe

Cold snap in Europe Weather and Climate

Strong winter storms piled on southern Europe from January 25, 2012, heralding the cold weather in Russia, the Baltic States, Poland, Scandinavia and other countries. According to meteorological services in these countries, the temperature drops to -20 degrees Celsius. People in Europe to such cold does not fit, especially when you consider that in many countries the temperature dropped dramatically.

The victims of the icy weather in central and eastern Europe were 38 people. In many countries, frost damaged the railway tracks. In Poland, by 26-degree frosts killed 10 people, and in Ukraine — 18 people, with more than 500 go to the hospital as a result of hypothermia. In Poland, predict a further temperature drops to 30 degrees at night. In the Czech Republic the government has allocated more than 3 tents for thousands of homeless people.

In Bulgaria, in 25 of the 28 regions of emergency was declared. Height snowdrifts everywhere reaches 1.5 meters, most of the roads in the region of Rousse, Razgrad and Silistra are impassable, and the only bridge between the Romanian city of Giurgiu and Ruse Bulgarian closed. Bulgaria's main Black Sea port of Varna is closed due to heavy snowfall and blizzards. The authorities were forced to suspend operation of schools and some mountain crossings.

In Romania, due to snow storms killed four people. Bucharest and other 17 regions in the east and south of the country assigned threat level orange. Four Romanian port on the Black Sea, including the largest commercial port in Constanta, temporarily stopped work.

In southern and central parts of Serbia, many villages are cut off from the outside world due to snowfall in 14 cities declared alarm, three people were killed. Thousands of people were left without electricity, and rail services in most regions are suspended.

In the Swiss resort of Davos, which currently hosts the annual World Economic Forum, drifts along the streets reached 1.8 meters. In the Turkish province of Kars on the border with Armenia from 29 to 30 January the temperature dropped to -25 degrees Celsius.

And what is happening around the world?

Last week, freezing rain passed over the state of Washington, have fallen thousands of fir and pine trees and leaving more than a quarter of a million people without electricity. Also, all three runways through the International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma were closed and 400 flights had been canceled. In the state capital, Olympia, observed power outages. In Uotrelu, Iowa, January 27, 2012 fell to a record amount of snow this time of 2.1 meters.

In the largest Australian city of Sydney summer season comes to an end one of the longest periods of cold: the temperature of -30 degrees Celsius lasted 61 days. Record considered as indicators of 1952-1953 years, when such a low temperature was continued for 90 days. This is due to the effect of La Nina, in which temperature readings in tihookeanicheskih countries down.

In China, the temperature reaches 45 degrees Celsius. In the southern part of the province Guyzhou rain and snow does not stop to go, making it difficult for service between major cities. In the north-east of China kept the temperature at 30 degrees. Many highways around Beijing closed. A cold front will last until January 2, 2012, moving to Inner Mongolia.

Last week, the snow also fell in the Algerian province of Bechar, located in the northern part of the Sahara desert, 55 kilometers from the border with Morocco.

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