Polar frost and the snowman. Credit: Pexels
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Polar frost over Europe

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We hope that today* you haven’t left your hats, scarves and gloves at home.

If you did, you’ll be cold to the bone on your way to school and home.

Europe has suffered severe frost. It’s so bad that it’s called the polar frost. At night, it was already 15 degrees below zero.

The polar frost got its name due to a special weather phenomenon in the polar region. But it could also just get it because because of the extreme cold and wind that blows from the east, so in Slovenia it suddenly feels like we’ve found ourselves at the North Pole.

In Austria and Germany, they found that last night was colder than ever before.

They are preparing for snow in Great Britain, and even in Rome, where children have not seen snow for six years. Because the city is threatened by ice, schools and kindergartens have remained closed, and children are at home.

And it’s snowing in Macedonia, which we know as a country where southern fruits and vegetables grow.

Weathermen predict similar conditions in the following days, and the temperature is expected to drop even lower tonight than the night before. In central Slovenia, the lowest morning temperature is expected to be less than -20 degrees Celsius.

So don’t forget your hats, scarves and gloves tomorrow.

 

Point to Consider

  1. Is such a frosty weather usual in February?
  2. Why are we more cold if the wind is blowing?
  3. How do you like to warm up?

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*The original version of the article in Slovene was published on February 27, on the day Europe became enveloped in polar frost.

English translation courtesy of JL Flanner, Total Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.

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Sonja • 3. 3. 2018


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