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Siberian cold puts deep freeze on Germany

The Local · 30 Jan 2012, 12:08

Published: 30 Jan 2012 12:08 GMT+01:00

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“The cold snap’s ‘highpoint’ is likely to be on Friday. The rest of the week will simply be frigid,” said DWD meteorologist Thomas Ruppert in a statement.

The eastern parts of the country early on Monday were already hit by the Russian deep freeze, with temperatures hovering below -10 degrees. The only part of the country likely to crack the freezing mark was along the Rhine River.

There was a trade off for the warmth, however, as western regions were expected to remain heavily cloudy on Monday compared to the crisp sunshine seen elsewhere.

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But the DWD German Weather Service said the cold was set to become even more intense as the week continued. Lows overnight of -15 were to be followed by highs on Tuesday of -7 to just above freezing.

Widespread sunshine on Wednesday was unlikely to warm things much, as highs across the entire nation were expected to remain below freezing. Overnight Wednesday temperatures could plunge below -20 degrees in regions covered in snow.

The weather portal Wetter.net reported that in parts of eastern German brisk winds could make the temperature could feel like -35 Celsius.

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The cold air coming in from Siberia has already caused several deaths across Eastern Europe.

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13:55 January 30, 2012 by derExDeutsche
It seems we are reaching the end of the modern warm period. Cycle 24 is nearly over, and Cycle 25 is about to begin. I wonder what Merkel and Co. will cook up next to justify their energy cost increases?

The European media have Europeans fed so fat on lies and opinion, ala fois-gras geese, that Governments will still manage to squeeze out a few Trillion Euro from them.
15:31 January 30, 2012 by whiteriver
That's very cold! It makes me wonder why I have decided to moved to this country...
17:30 January 30, 2012 by aceroni
Hi whiteriver, if you came here for the weather you are in for some big delusions ...
19:22 January 30, 2012 by Illogicbuster
"University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit confirm that the rising temperature trend in world temperatures ended in 1997 and the world may be facing a mini-ice-age. "
21:18 January 30, 2012 by carlm
This is it, the final nail in the coffin of climate change skeptics. This single cold spell alone is proof that man made CO2 emissions are causing global warming/climate change and anyone who disagrees is a nazi, baby seal killer, mass murderer or worse. The good news is that drastic reductions in our living standards and liberty will resolve this issue in a matter of months. Oh, and along with these initiatives will require life long terms for all politicians agreeing with these initiatives along with one world government forever. And I'm sure all reasonable people can agree to this.
23:48 January 30, 2012 by CharlestonWolfgang
A certain American politician got the Nobel Prize for goofing us all into this Global Warming thing. Even here in the South (Charleston, South Carolina) we are experiencing colder weather than ever. My heating bill was never that high.

Check the official weather facts for Deutschland: as long as living people can remember, there was never such a cold winter.

I have spoken, sayeth da Wolf, and now I'm going to seek shelter at the next bar because I know their heating system works.
02:17 January 31, 2012 by Runnerguy45
Umm, we are having one of our warmest winters in quite some time here in the South. North Carolina has been very warm this winter.
03:53 January 31, 2012 by derExDeutsche

'Weather' is not 'Climate';) Many things effect our atmosphere, Not just Tax Rates

But the Science, as they say, is far from settled.

Put a scarf on that Tshirt, hipster.
09:36 January 31, 2012 by guerito
Haha you guys just made my day! Yes, hit the media, the politics, the democrats, don't forget science itself! Does no one here want to make this a cause for or against religion, or the atheists? :D

Calm down, guys, it's just getting a bit colder. And it's about time, the winter has been way too mild. After all, we don't want to be eaten alive by mosquitos next summer, now do we?
18:55 February 1, 2012 by franconia
hey Weatherboy Chango, where do you think the weather is from in Russia? My hometown in Germany is a mere 1 1/2 hr flight away from Moskow, thats from JFK to Cleveland. You ever see the distance that the Jet Stream travels on an US weather map that can bring 29 F to Fort Myers and snow to Tampa (last year). Comes down from Whitehorse and Dawson, me Son. Sibirien Air has been around for a long time. Believe me, it comes from way back of the Urals( around the Lena and Ob rivers) and not from Syktivkar. That town is only in the way of the blast.
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