Heavy snow blankets parts of Greece as cold front hits country


There was widespread snowfall in Greece last week as a cold front plunged southwards across the country. The snow in Athens on Monday was the heaviest since February 2008, blanketing landmarks such as the Acropolis. Florina in northern Greece recorded a minimum temperature of -19.0C. Strong winds accompanied the cold weather, with gusts of over 60mph (97kmph) across the Aegean Sea, resulting in disruption to shipping.

Meanwhile, heavy monsoon rains in Indonesia have caused severe flooding around the capital, Jakarta. Flood waters were about 1.8 metres (6ft) deep in parts of the city, with more than 1,300 people forced to evacuate. The Philippines also suffered flooding as Tropical Storm Dujuan approached at the weekend. More than 50,000 people were evacuated from some southern and central parts of the country before the storm made landfall on Monday.

While much of the US has been suffering from severe winter weather over the past week, it has been a different story for the Aleutian Islands. The island chain off the coast of Alaska has seen unusually mild conditions so far during February. At Tom Madsen airport in Unalaska temperatures have remained above freezing all month. February has been exceptionally mild in the three of the past four years, which has been linked to rising sea temperatures in the area.


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