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IN PICTURES: Snow and bitterly cold temperatures hit Germany

Here's a look at how the bitterly cold weather has been affecting Germany.

IN PICTURES: Snow and bitterly cold temperatures hit Germany
Snow in Berlin outside the Reichstag on Sunday. Photo: DPA

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Heavy snowfall, temperatures way below freezing and high winds have been hitting many parts of Germany. This selection of tweets, and pictures by DPA photographers across Germany, show how the country looks right now.

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A striking winter scene in Wolkersdorf, Bavaria. 

Monday is a complete white out in Leipzig.

These two people have the right equipment for the weather in Erfurt, Thuringia.

A man below is seen clearing the snow outside a shop in Hanover on Monday.

A person braving the snow in Dresden city centre early on Monday morning.

Families make the most of the snow in a Berlin park on Sunday.

The water in the harbour of the Hanseatic city of Stralsund covered with a layer of ice.

Very difficult driving conditions in Ingeln-Oesselse, Lower Saxony.

Henry the pug cosies up to stay warm in snowy Dresden.

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Children playing in the snow in Münster.

Seagulls and wild waves at the Baltic Sea in Strande, Schleswig-Holstein.

Trucks stuck in the snow near Gera in eastern Germany.

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Tornado in western Germany injures dozens

Almost 40 people were injured, several seriously, on Friday in a suspected tornado which hit the western German city of Paderborn, the police and fire brigade said.

Tornado in western Germany injures dozens

A police spokesman said the tornado also caused significant damage in the city in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, following abnormally high temperatures for the time of year.

The city’s fire department said on Twitter that “38 injured people, including some gravely” had been taken to hospital. The police said one person was fighting for their life.

Paderborn, fire service added, “Please do not drive to Paderborn on your own without prior agreement of help. If necessary, further units of the fire brigade will be alerted and called in.”

In neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate state, a 38-year-old man died after he was electrocuted when he entered his flooded basement and fell on his head, the police in the city of Koblenz said.

Railway travel was disrupted in the west of the country, as police called on people to remain indoors.

In Paderborn, police estimated the damage caused by the tornado at “several million” euros.

The spokesman reported “roofs torn off, windows shattered and numerous trees uprooted throughout the city”.

View of destroyed cars on a street. A tornado caused massive damage in Paderborn and Lippstadt on Friday 20th May 2022.

View of destroyed cars on a street after a tornado caused massive damage in Paderborn and Lippstadt on Friday 20th May 2022. Photo: Picture Alliance/Dpa/Friso Gentsch
 

Images posted on social media showed the tornado column progressing towards homes, sweeping away trees and building sections. Other pictures from the wider region showed cars that had been upturned.

The town of Lippstadt, about 30 kilometres away (18 miles), was also probably hit by a tornado, a fire department spokesperson said, though no injuries had been recorded. The steeple of the church in Lippstadt had been destroyed by the high winds.

People stand in front of the St. Clemens Catholic Church in Hellinghausen near Lippstadt, the top of which was destroyed. A suspected tornado caused massive damage in Lippstadt on Friday 21st May 2022. Photo: Picture alliance/DPA/Friso Gentsch
 

German meteorological services had put out a storm warning for Friday and predicted gales of up to 130 km/h (80 miles/h) in some places.

The bad weather first hit the west of the country and was set to travel eastwards.
  

 
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