The whole of Europe has been hit by the worst snow for four years. Spain especially has been surprised by unusually thick snow and has issued a warning about severe cold. The weather is not just affecting mountainous and northern Europe. A temperature of –36.4º Celsius was recorded in the German Alps on Sunday, but central Italy was not much warmer at –25º.
Travelling on the roads has been slowed down or made impossible in large parts of Europe. Many homeless people have died because of the extreme cold. In Poland, dozens of people sleeping rough have died.