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  Europe hit by coldest weather in 15 years
Updated 10 January 2003, 17.47
Children play on the frozen lake in front of Berlin's Charlottenburg Castle
Thousands of people are suffering as temperatures across Europe plunge to some of the lowest in 15 years.

In Russia where it gets extremely cold anyway in winter, it's dropped to -50C.

It might look pretty where there's lots of snow but there have been serious problems.

More than 200 people have died from cold in Moscow and northern parts of the country are in a state of emergency.

Frostbite

A man skies in downtown Trieste, northern Italy
Tens of thousands of people have no electricity.

Hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of frostbite victims.

It's been so cold that the Baltic sea from Sweden to St Petersburg has frozen up, trapping boats.

Even usually warm places like Venice in Italy and Spain have had heavy snow.

But in the UK the snow's slowly disappearing and by Monday rain will be back.

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