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According to a report at Time.com today, a harsh cold spell in Europe "has left at least 58 people dead over the past week, including dozens who were homeless. Hundreds have sought medical help for hypothermia and frostbite, while snow and ice disrupted traffic, cut off power and forced schools to close. Temperatures have plunged to minus minus 17 F [minus 27 C] in some parts of the region, and authorities are urging people to stay indoors or dress warmly." (Watch the AccuWeather Europe weather forecast.)
The United Kingdom was hit by Arctic temperatures, too. "Severe weather alert as snow and freezing temperatures forecast," was a headline on The Telegraph website. The subhead was no less gloomy: "Snow showers and freezing temperatures could cause icy conditions on roads in parts of Britain, forecasters have warned." The Telegraph says that the Met Office warned of temperatures that would drop to "as low as -6C (21.2F) tomorrow and on Thursday, when daytime maximums will be no more than 3C (37.4F). Severe weather warnings for ice were also issued for last night and this morning across eastern parts of England and Scotland, and Northern Ireland, south-west England and south Wales."
Despite public pleas from governments for people to exercise caution in the dangerous cold, says Time, "more than 540 people have been hospitalized with hypothermia and frostbite, Ukrainian health officials said. Ukraine's 1+1 channel broadcast footage of a man being treated for frostbite in his toes, which had turned completely black. "I drank and fell asleep on the bench. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't feel my feet," the unidentified man said from a hospital bed."