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Europe's cold spell has had widespread impacts

Joanne Parkinson

3rd March 2018

The "Beast from the East" and Storm Emma have caused mayhem across many areas of Europe and the cold spell looks set to continue for a few days yet.

Over 60 people have died across Europe due to the appalling weather conditions faced over the past week.  The Siberian weather has hit countries as far south as the Mediterranean seeing French coastal towns like Nice receiving snow.  Many countries have seen vital services grind to a halt or delayed as the weather hit.  Flights across Europe have been affected with some airports closing.  Both Dublin and Cork airports in Ireland have been closed for two days and may potentially open again on Saturday; although snow coverage is still thick so the decision depends upon the ability to clear the runways.

Roads and railway networks have been closed in many countries with thousands of people left stranded and having to be rescued by emergency services.

The long term impact of this cold spell can be seen in the Ukraine where schools and colleges were told to close to save gas supplies in the country.  With their main Russian supplier refusing to deliver more gas to the country, the issue could continue for some time, despite the potential increase in temperatures over the next week.

Check out these two articles about the impact of this weather system...    and...

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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