Leipzig, Germany (dpa) – Germany’s current cold snap has turned vast swathes of the country into a winter wonderland, including the Ore Mountains, which recorded the lowest temperature yet this season.
In Kuehnhaide, a village nestled in the mountainous region near the Czech border, the mercury fell to minus 28.8 degrees Celsius on Monday morning, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported.
The sub-zero temperatures and snowy scenes brought many Berliners out onto the capital’s frozen lakes and waterways over the weekend – despite police warning people of the dangers of walking on the ice.
A low-flying police helicopter was deployed over lakes in Berlin to drive crowds off the frozen surface.
Temperatures were milder in western Germany. The thaw brought with it weather warnings in Lower Saxony, North Rhine Westphalia, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland due to black ice on roads and paths.