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Coldest night yet grips chilled Germany

Published: 04 Feb 2012 14:08 GMT+01:00

DWD, the German Weather Service said the town of Oberstdorf in the Allgäu region claimed the cold record.

The German capital also saw its coldest night of the year, with temperatures coming in at minus 19 degrees overnight on the southeastern edge of the city, according to newspaper Die Welt

A DWD meteorologist said it was only two degrees warmer around Berlin's Tegel Airport, and said temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees were in the forecast for the nights ahead.

"After that, the frost could tentatively start to ease," she said, but not disappear altogether.

The wave of frosty weather that has rolled in from Siberia has also cut the flow of gas from Russia. Moscow has acknowledged the problem, citing a major increase in demand from the domestic market.

The European Union said some companies have seen supply fall by up to 30 percent.

Dozens have died amid the frosty temperatures in Ukraine and Romania. In Germany, a man from the Netherlands is still missing after breaking through the ice on a lake in North Rhine-Westphalia while skating.

A rescue team of divers was searching the area on Saturday. Police spokesman Bernd Klein said the ice was at most 10 centimetres thick when the man fell through.

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Your comments about this article

15:35 February 4, 2012 by Landmine
How do you fall through 10 cm of ice????
15:59 February 4, 2012 by derExDeutsche
iced over lakes can go soft in the center, sometimes the center is a dangerous place.
09:08 February 5, 2012 by FlyingBadger
Ya wanna bring that over here to Wisconsin? We haven't gotten much snow this year as we're used to. I guess about over a meter and it usually is so cold right now that it hurts to breathe.
09:16 February 5, 2012 by wood artist
@Landmine

The article quotes a police spokesman as saying the ice was, at most, 10 cm thick. They would infer that some of the ice was thinner, so falling through wouldn't be much of a problem. No where does it say he fell through ice that WAS 10 cm thick.
15:21 February 5, 2012 by Englishted
nuclear fuel ja bitte.

Russia is not a trustful suppler ,when we the twits in Berlin learn that.
01:01 February 6, 2012 by genedoc60
While you in Europe are getting record snow fall and killing temps we here in Canada are wondering where the snow is. More so we really do need the winter snow for Barley, Wheat and Corn crops. We need water from the snow melt for the planting season This year is already being predicted as a loss as far as farming goes. Wow people freezing to death there, how does that happen. The Russians just say, Yes we know Europe has a contract with us. To bad so sad and freeze to death in the dark we are looking after ourselves first. Such a future we are all going into. Time to pull up the boot straps and start looking to solve our own problems without Russia, China, and India.
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