• Germany edition
 
Coldest night yet grips chilled Germany
Photo: DPA

Coldest night yet grips chilled Germany

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

DPA/DAPD/The Local/arp

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

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.
Today's headlines
Size does matter in this case, rules judge
Photo:Shutterstock

Size does matter in this case, rules judge

A judge has ordered a deliveryman's manhood to be measured after he claimed in court that it was too small for him to be guilty of exhibitionism. READ  

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll
Ukrainian soldiers near Luhansk, Ukraine. Photo: DPA

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll

Almost two thirds of Germans fear Russia plans further land grabs in Ukraine, according to an opinion poll released on the eve of Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the conflict-torn country. READ  

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany
Actress Natascha Ochsenknecht gets doused. Photo: DPA

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany

German football players, German tennis players, German TV characters and Germany's latest Topmodel winner are on it, but is it actually making a difference? READ  

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen tries on military body armour. Photo: DPA

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip

Amid heated debates over arms for Iraq, the Ukraine crisis, and Germany's foreign military involvement despite its WWII legacy, defence chief Ursula von der Leyen stirred a debate of her own on Friday after a dud World Cup gag. READ  

Expat Dispatches
He'll take my name: yes he's really sure!
He says "I will!" Photo: DPA

He'll take my name: yes he's really sure!

A quick and uncomplicated conversation between a recently engaged couple concluded that the husband-to-be would take on his fiancee's surname. However, no one was more surprised by people's reactions than Australian expat Liv Hambrett. READ  

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus
Photo:DPA

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus

Four white lions born into the Krone Circus during its stop in Magdeburg yesterday find themselves in a Germany reliving a decades-old fight over exotic animals displayed for profit. READ  

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list
A donor heart gets delivered to the DHZB. Photo: DPA

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list

UPDATE: The German Heart Institute of Berlin (DHZB) is under investigation for attempted manslaughter after evidence showed a doctor manipulated patient data to get them a new heart faster. READ  

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks
Julius Bär bank. Photo:DPA

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks

Berlin is suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of million euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany, the bank said Thursday. READ  

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin
The scene of the crime. Photo: DPA

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin

The trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden. READ  

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?
Coffins awaiting incineration in a crematorium. Photo: DPA

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?

An Erfurt court has decided not to force a 56-year old man to pay damages for more than 31 kilos of gold teeth taken from the crematorium in Hamburg where he worked between 2003 and 2011. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Society
A German journalist shares the story of his US arrest in Ferguson
Photo: DPA
National
Berlin's senate puts the brakes on Über
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: DPA
Culture
How I deal with my German Hausmeister
Photo: Ingrid Eulenfan/flickr
Gallery
Nine German treats you'll want to eat right now (and one you won't)
Photo: DPA
Society
Who's getting German citizenship?
Photo: DPA
Culture
How World War I changed Germany forever
Photo: APA/DPA
Gallery
The 12 best words in Austrian German
Photo: DPA
Society
'Look at those German shanty towns!'
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should.
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,364
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd