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Extreme cold has affected much of EuropeWith subzero temperatures cracking train tracks in Poland, snow covers the Turkish city of Istanbul and smog rises as coal is burned to generate heat.

Temperatures dropped to -28 ° C in some Polish areas overnight, the coldest night in 11 years.

Many trains were delayed on Monday after the tracks at two Warsaw stations cracked.

A woman walks down a snow-covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, on Sunday, January 17, 2021. (AP)
A car crosses national highway 497 between Silberborn and Holzminden, Germany, on Sunday, January 17, 2021. (AP)

Hand in hand with the cold there was an increase in smog in Warsaw and other parts of Poland, as the cold caused an increase in the burning of coal for heat.

Smog levels were so high in Warsaw that city officials urged people to stay indoors.

Just across the southwestern border from Poland, the Czech Republic experienced the coldest night this year with temperatures below -20 ° C in many places.

The lowest temperature, -27 ° C, was recorded on Monday in Orlicke Zahori, a mountainous town 160 kilometers east of Prague and near the border with Poland, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.

The icy weather is expected to improve and be replaced by heavy snowfall in the northeast of the Czech Republic, the institute said.

Deeply covered in snow are the trees at the Grenzadler in Oberhof, Germany, Sunday, Jan.17, 2021. (AP)
A man shovels snow from his car after days of snowfall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP)

In Istanbul, traffic was stopped due to the snow covering the city, and cars stopped or skidded on the roads.

The gusts would continue throughout the day.

In Germany, fresh snow, slippery roads and downed trees led to several car accidents on Sunday and overnight, the DPA news agency reported.

A driver was killed in southwestern Germany after his car crashed into a snowdrift.

The Nordic region, where winter weather is the norm, also saw snow and freezing temperatures, with the coldest temperatures recorded unsurprisingly in the Arctic.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute tweeted an ironic message on Monday, saying: “We encourage all lovers of knitting to send wool clothing to their friends in the north.”

People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus walk down a snow-covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, on Sunday, January 17, 2021. (AP)
A roe deer crosses a snowy road in a village as temperatures dropped to -21 ° C near the town of Ignalina, about 120 kilometers north of Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, on Sunday, January 17, 2021. (AP)


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