The freezing weather gripping much of Europe could last until the end of the month according to meteorologists. That’s not good news for the homeless, the elderly and those living in remote areas.
It also means a massive energy bill for consumers and governments alike as people try to keep warm.
The bitter cold and heavy snow falls have killed hundreds across Europe as temperatures have plummeted in some parts to nearly -40 degrees Celsius
Serbia’s wildlife is struggling but so too are 70,000 households which have been cut off by snow for days. And the authorities have urged people to remove icicles from roofs after a woman in Belgrade was killed by falling ice.
The cause of the record breaking wintry weather is due to cold air from northern Russia flanking an area of high pressure which has prevented warmer weather from moving in across the Atlantic over Europe.
And while plenty more people will be in need of rescuing before any sign of a thaw, the authorities are getting ready for the dreaded flood waters which are bound to follow.