Europe’s unseasonal cold snap continues, yet winter is still officially nearly three weeks away.
Not for truck drivers stuck in Calais waiting to cross the channel, or passengers wanting to use the Eurostar, which is operating a greatly reduced service at the moment.
Galicia in northern Spain is shivering along with the Basque country, Cantabria, and Castilla y Leon. Car journeys that normally take minutes are taking hours.
In Romania freezing rain has made electrical and telephone cables so icebound the weight is bringing down poles, cutting electricity supplies many villages. Strong winds also contributed to the chaos, and electricity workers are at full stretch trying to restore services.
But pity the poor Russians; after a period of abnormally high temperatures winter has officially started, but people only have to look out of their windows to see that. Only the brave venture outdoors in temperatures like -47 degrees.