A flurry of snow in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
Spain is facing unprecedented frosts after weekend snowstorms.
Temperatures in some places dropped to minus 25 degrees Celsius at night, the lowest levels in two decades. Due to the extreme weather, the schoolchildren in Madrid were canceled by the authorities until January 18, and the hospital reports a large number of injuries caused by falling on icy roads.
Heavy snowfall on Friday evening brought to much of Spain the pressure below Filomena, which is already attributed six lives. Two homeless people died of hypothermia after four victims from a weekend in Barcelona.
Heavy frosts hit especially in the central part of Spain. AEMET meteorological office spokesman Rubén del Campo said that the night from Monday to Tuesday was the coldest since at least 2001. In some places, however, much older temperature records also fell. For example, in the village of Bello in Aragon, they measured minus 25.4 degrees Celsius, and other Aragonese cities Molina de Aragón, Calamocha and Teruel also reported less than minus 20 degrees. According to the AP agency, these were the lowest temperatures since 1982.
In and around Madrid, where about 6.6 million people live, thermometers showed minus 16 degrees Celsius at night. Frosts in combination with snowfall further causes traffic problems. “Our efforts are focused on securing the supply of basic goods such as medicines and food, securing access to logistics centers and operating freight transport,” said Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos.
The army is helping
Problems were reported in the morning in the morning by road users on 116 roads, snow chains are mandatory on 210 sections. More than a thousand members of the army also take part in clearing roads.
In Madrid, schools will be closed until Monday, the courts will not be open the next day and all proceedings will be adjourned. Madrid City Hall has estimated that about 150,000 of the 800,000 trees in the metropolis have fallen or been damaged by torrents of tens of inches of snow.
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