Man freezes to death, temperatures hit -20C

Man freezes to death, temperatures hit -20C
A man clears a pavement in Hamburg on Monday morning. Photo: DPA
A man froze to death at a bus stop on Saturday night as temperatures of -20C gripped Germany. Fresh snowfall and ice on Monday morning have also caused traffic problems.

A cold weather front continues to cover north and eastern Germany, while the south west has enjoyed milder temperatures. On Monday temperatures varied from -1C to 7C in the south west while in the north east they stayed between -10C to -3C.

Weather service DWD said on Sunday that temperatures sunk to -20C in parts of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg Western Pomerania over the weekend and the wind made it feel even colder.

A 57-year-old man was found at a bus stop on Saturday morning in Annaburg, Saxony-Anhalt, police said. Temperatures had fallen overnight to -16C. He was taken to hospital where he died a few hours later. The man had a flat in Annaburg and tests will be carried out to see if alcohol played a role.

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Snow and black ice hit north west Germany particularly badly on Monday morning. Police closed the A1 motorway in both directions after a truck carrying 600 litres of fuel tipped over near Bargteheide, north of Hamburg.

Temperatures will stay below freezing in Berlin all week and more snow is expected in north western and central areas on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Germany in the snow

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