It's winter. For proof look to Europe

Our little cool spell appears to just about over with temperatures expected to reach 35C today. For proof that it really is winter, look to Europe.

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Snow swept Europe on Friday causing travel chaos in the continent's north. AFP

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It's winter. For proof look to Europe

Our little cool spell appears to just about over with temperatures expected to reach 35C today.

For proof that it really is winter, however, all you need to do is look to Europe.

Football fans could see for themselves last evening as both the London matches, Chelsea-Arsenal and Tottenham-Manchester United were played in non-stop snow.

Tottenham's Clint Dempsey's seems to point to the snowy sky after scoring the equalising goal during stoppage time against Manchester United. AFP

Extreme winter weather swept across western Europe, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at London’s main international airport and claiming several lives in Spain, Portugal, Scotland and France, including those of three Mali-bound soldiers.

The frigid temperatures also caused delays and cancellations on major railway lines including the Eurostar train service, and transport authorities warned of further traffic disruptions with more blizzards forecast for Sunday.

In London, thousands of passengers were forced to camp out on the floor at Heathrow Airport overnight as hundreds of flights to and from the British capital were cancelled.

Snow and ice covering large parts of France led to several fatal car crashes, one of which killed three French soldiers about to join comrades fighting in Mali, authorities said.

In the Scottish Highlands on Saturday, an avalanche killed four climbers and seriously injured one, while a sixth survived, police said.

The cold snap also led to power outages, particularly in Northern Ireland where at least 900 homes were without electricity Saturday.

A small snow man sits on a bench in Regent′s Park after snowfall in London. AFP

Some welcomed the icy spell, however.

In Russia, thousands of Orthodox devotees braved the cold weather and plunged into holes cut into frozen rivers and ponds to celebrate the Orthodox Epiphany.

Adapted from an AFP story

swept (past form sweep) – to move or spread quickly through an area; to move something or someone with powerful force  เคลื่อนไปอย่างรวดเร็ว, พัดพาเอาไป
chaos – a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess ความยุ่งเหยิง, ความสับสน
continent – one of the seven large land masses on the Earth's surface, surrounded, or mainly surrounded, by sea and usually consisting of various countries (adjective form is continental) ทวีป
spell – a period of time when there is a particular type of weather ช่วงเวลาที่มีอากาศลักษณะใดลักษณะหนึ่่ง
appear – to seem ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
proof – information, documents, etc. that show that something is true  การพิสูจน์
equaliser – (in football) a goal that makes the score of both teams equal
stoppage time – extra allowed at the end of a half of football for stoppages during normal time, especially for injuries
extreme – much more severe or serious than usual  ที่รุนแรงที่สุด
stranded – left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
claim lives – to kill people
-bound – going to มุ่งหน้า
frigid – very cold หนาวจัด
delay – when you have to wait longer than expected for something to happen, or the time that you have to wait การเลื่อน, การเสียเวลา
transport – moving people or things from one place to another การขนส่ง
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
disruption – a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem การขัดขวาง, การหยุดชะงัก
blizzard – a snowstorm with very strong winds  พายุหิมะ
forecast – a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now พยากรณ์
camp out – to sleep outside, with or without a tent or other shelter, to stay in a place without the furniture and equipment that you normally have ตั้งค่ายพัก, พักแรม
fatal – causing someone to die ถึงตาย
comrade – a friend, especially someone you have fought together with in a war or worked with เพื่อน, มิตรสนิท
avalanche – a mass of snow, ice, mud or rock that falls down the side of a mountain ก้อนหิมะ (น้ำแข็ง,ดิน,หิน) ที่พังทลายลงมา,สิ่งที่พังทลายลงมา
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
survive – to continue to live มีชีวิตรอด
cold snap – a sudden short period of very cold weather
outage – power cut ช่วงเวลาที่ไม่มีกระแสไฟฟ้า
devotee – a very religious person who belongs to a particular group; a person who admires and is very enthusiastic about somebody/something ผู้มีใจศรัทธา,ผู้อุทิศตัวกับ,ผู้หมกมุ่นใน
brave – to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation in order to achieve something กล้าที่จะเผชิญกับ
plunge – to jump into something, especially with force พุ่งไปข้างหน้า
epiphany – a Christian festival, held on the 6 January for most but not all groups, in memory of the time when the Magi came to see the baby Jesus at Bethlehem เป็นวันฉลองเทศกาลที่โหราจารย์ 3 คนจากทิศตะวันออก ได้นำของขวัญมาถวายแก่กุมารเยซู โดยทั่วไปแล้วตรงกับวันที่ 6 มกราคม

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