A continuing cold snap across parts of Europe over the weekend and into Monday caused the deaths of more than 40 people in Romania, Bulgaria and Poland. It’s a cold spell that also stretched across much of Germany, leaving people here shivering as temperatures plunged as low as -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) early on Monday morning.
This January has been colder than usual in Germany — at least 1.5 degrees Celsius lower than average according to the German Weather Service (DWD). Sunshine has also been unusually sparse. Although winter has already passed the half-way mark, Germans have enjoyed only 40 percent of the sunlight that is normal for January.
Germany’s cold spell, however, has been minor compared to temperatures being experienced in Eastern Europe. A government spokesperson in Bucharest reported that ice cold temperatures of -34 degrees Celsius caused the deaths of 11 people in Romania in just 24 hours, with a total of 22 deaths registered in the last five days as a result of the cold.