Europe's freezing weather hangs around

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The freezing weather gripping parts of Europe is showing no signs of easing, with warnings the big chill could continue through until next week.

Britain is calling it the Arctic snap, with its coldest weather in 30 years continuing to cause widespread disruption.

The heavy snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees celsius have taken many by surprise.

Numerous deaths across Europe are being attributed to the freezing conditions and many countries are reporting their coldest weather in decades.

Severe weather warnings are in force in more than 30 French regions, with dangerous conditions on the roads.

One motorist said: “I gave myself two hours to do 15 kilometres, but I’ve only done five.”

But despite the major disruption, not everyone is complaining.

“It’s wonderful,” said one visitor to the French capital. “We’re making the most of Paris, the sun, blue sky, and this snow.”

Behind the postcard images, however, the cost of the freezing weather across Europe is likely to run into billions of euros.