Several deaths reported as cold weather grips Europe 

Posted: January 8, 2017 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, weather

Winter hits Europe [credit: BBC]

Winter hits Europe [credit: BBC]

Britain escapes the winter cold snap for now but much of mainland Europe and even Turkey are being hit hard. [Over 60 deaths reported by Jan 11].

UPDATE: This weather event now has its own Wikipedia entry: January 2017 European cold wave

Poland, Greece, Italy and Turkey were among the countries grappling with heavy snow and freezing temperatures on Saturday, while Germany braced itself for dangerous conditions in the wake of a major storm from the north, reports DW.COM.

In Poland, at least ten people have reportedly died in the past couple of days following a brutal cold snap that saw temperatures fall to minus 14 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) in some regions. Several of those deaths were caused by hypothermia, while others resulted from carbon monoxide poisoning from malfunctioning heaters.

Polish authorities said they expected the death toll to rise as weather conditions were likely to remain unchanged for the rest of the weekend. In neighboring Ukraine, at least four people have died near the Polish border from effects of the cold, and in Belgium, one man died after his truck slid off an icy highway.

Russia meanwhile celebrated its coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 years, authorities said. Temperatures in Moscow fell to minus 30 degrees overnight and minus 24 in Saint Petersburg, where police found the body of a man who had died of hypothermia.

Fog, black ice and more
Southern Europe has also experienced bouts of uncharacteristically cold weather in recent days, with wind and snowfall closing roads and train services in central Italy and cancelling many planned events to coincide with Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day.

Pope Francis on Saturday distributed sleeping bags to the homeless in Rome and provided vehicles to sleep in as the unusually cold spell of weather has led to several deaths, primarily among the homeless.

In Istanbul, heavy fog forced authorities to close off the Bosphorus to all naval traffic, while poor weather conditions have also grounded hundreds of flights.

Germany meanwhile was experiencing the after-effects of Storm Axel, which struck northern Germany earlier in the week and has brought minus-30-degree-Celsius weather to parts of the country, as well as other surprises. The Deutscher Wetterdienst, which provides weather services for the public, has warned people to stay indoors, emphasizing especially the danger of black ice.

The coldest temperature in Europe so far this winter was recorded on Friday in the Swiss village of La Brevine at minus 29.9 degrees. The record for the coldest temperature ever in Switzerland is minus 41.8 degrees on January 12, 1987.
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Note: temps are Celsius unless stated otherwise
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Source: Several deaths reported as cold weather grips Europe | News | DW.COM | 07.01.2017

  1. oldbrew says:

    The BBC weather guy is shown referring to an ‘Arctic outbreak’.

    The same BBC is always claiming the Arctic is warming rapidly :/

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  3. oldbrew says:

    ‘Several’ deaths has become ‘dozens’.

    Frigid Cold, Heavy Snow Leave Dozens Dead Across Europe

    Europe cold weather death toll rises

    River Danube in Budapest

  4. ren says:

    Deadly blizzards and dangerously low temperatures continue to grip large parts of Europe, leading to at least 33 deaths in four days. While northern Europe is used to subzero temperatures, the extreme conditions have hit areas of southern Europe more used to mild winters. Temperatures in some parts of Greece plunged to as low as -18C, while some of its islands – home to thousands of refugees, many living in tents – have seen more than a metre of snow.
    Death toll 61, homeless and migrants at risk as deep freeze grips Europe
    Plunging temperatures and blizzards have wreaked havoc on much of the continent putting refugees, the homeless and the elderly in danger and suspending river shipping.

  5. ren says:

    Nearly vertical temperature rise in the upper stratosphere. The polar vortex can again be broken.

  6. tom0mason says:

    “Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms but could cause an increase in freezing rain if average daily temperatures fluctuate about the freezing point.”
    IPCC Climate Change, 2001

    “Global climate change is likely to be accompanied by an increase in the frequency and intensity of heat waves, as well as warmer summers and milder winters…9.4.2. Decreased Mortality Resulting from Milder Winters … One study estimates a decrease in annual cold-related deaths of 20,000 in the UK by the 2050s (a reduction of 25%)”
    IPCC Climate Change, 2001

    “Winter has gone forever and we should officially bring spring forward instead. … There is no winter any more despite a cold snap before Christmas. It is nothing like years ago when I was younger. There is a real problem with spring because so much is flowering so early year to year.”
    Express, Dr Nigel Taylor, Curator of Kew Gardens, 8 Feb 2008

    And best of all they kept it…

  7. oldbrew says:


    Confirmation bias wins again there.

  8. Brett Keane says:

    @ren says:
    January 11, 2017 at 10:02 am : Ouch, that looks painful…..and I suppose it is already in the NH. Look after yourselves up there my northern friends.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Britain has escaped most of it so far.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Wikipedia: January 2017 European cold wave

    Temperature records

    7 January was reported to be the coldest Orthodox Christmas in Moscow for 120 years,[8] at −29.9 °C (−21.8 °F). The lowest temperature in western Europe was recorded in the Swiss village of La Brévine, also at −29.9 °C (−21.8 °F) on 6 January.[16] On 8 January a low temperature record for this day in Hungary was set in the village of Tésa, at −28.1 °C (−18.6 °F).[17] On the same day a record low temperature was in Tver Oblast, Russia, at −35.7 °C (−32.3 °F) which surpassed the previous 1987 record for that day.

    ‘firefighters in the city of Hamburg said Sunday they had received 415 emergency calls for weather-related incidents.’

    Istanbul – Jan. 2017

  11. oldbrew says:

    Europe freeze death toll rises to 65
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    Europe Cold Only A Preview: Meteorologist Bastardi Warns Of “Weather Headlines Coming Out Of Europe”!
    By P Gosselin on 11. January 2017

    Looks chilly on Joe’s snowfall map [forecast for 27 Jan.]