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Extreme cold weather has been affecting Europe with temperatures plummeting into big minus numbers. UPDATED

The cold air is coming from Russia.

The entire continent of Europe is experiencing very cold weather and snow and the freeze is expected to continue for much of the week.

Even places where it rarely freezes are seeing a massive drop in temperature.

A rare snowstorm in Rome on Monday prompted Italian authorities to call in the army to help clear the streets.

However, the BBC's weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker explains what is happening with the weather as very cold air sweeps in from Russia, causing the latest phenomenon known as Beast From The East.

It's looking darn cold in Europe over the next few days.... dark blue on the maps below indicate the temperature is around -10ºC; white -20ºC; pale pink -30ºC.

28th February - Europe is looking cold28th February - Europe is looking cold
















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Penguins at Dublin Zoo:

While there are problems across the UK and Europe, the Humboldt Penguins at Dublin Zoo are in their element.


Sheep Farmers:

Sion Morgan, a shepherd in the uplands of the Scottish Borders has a problem with the snow.

He commented "This picture sums up today. Team work meant we managed to make sure all stock are safe and fed. Well done to everyone working through

Sheep in Scotland #Beastfromtheeast (photo: Sion Morgan)Sheep in Scotland #Beastfromtheeast (photo: Sion Morgan)




















Police rescue hundreds of motorists:

Snowboarding in London & Essex:

Even our Olympians are making the most of #TheBeastFromTheEast.

Team GB's Billy Morgan took to the streets of Essex after the 'Beast from the East' coated them in snow.

The Olympian had not long returned from a successful trip to Pyeongchang, bringing home a bronze medal from the Games.

Morgan performed tricks, spins and grinds as the cold weather continued to cover Britain.

Aimee Fuller is shredding the streets of London in the early hours of the morning.

Aimee Fuller shredding the streets of LondonAimee Fuller shredding the streets of London - Pall Mall














Aimee Fuller shredding the streets of London Aimee Fuller shredding the streets of London













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The World Economic Forum posted this video that sums up the conditions in Europe, and the effects of climate change.

We've put together a gallery of photos showing the extreme conditions.


Val Thorens:

On 28th February in Val Thorens it was cold -22°C yet sunny




Sunny but cold in Warth-Schröcken - Austrian VorarlbergSunny but cold in Warth-Schröcken - Austrian Vorarlberg















On the island of Brač in Croatia, snow is a rare event and maintaining the roads falls to the farmers, who use their initiative to grit their roads.




Bjelašnica is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, situated southwest of Sarajevo

Extreme hard rime atop of Bjelašnica at 2067m.

Bjelašnica - Sarajevo Mountains 2,067mBjelašnica - Sarajevo Mountains 2,067m

















Finland (photo: Istagram @merveceranphoto)Finland (photo: Istagram @merveceranphoto)




Glencoe - 28th FebGlencoe - 28th Feb
















Glencoe - 28th FebGlencoe - 28th Feb


















Yorkshire hill farmer Amanda Owen gathers in her flock.

Yorkshire hill farmer Amanda Owen gathers in her flockYorkshire hill farmer Amanda Owen gathers in her flock

















Oxford 28th February Oxford 28th February (photo: Instagram @Morseymoo)


Even though the Tow Rope was not officially open, Leigh Ritchie‎ was skiing at Yad Moss.

He commented, "Full cover on the main run with some pockets of powder mixed with nice hard groomed snow due to drifting. Hard work without the tow though."

Yad Moss - (photo: Leigh Ritchie)Yad Moss - (photo: Leigh Ritchie)
















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