SNOW in Athens As Greece Shivers in Record-Breaking Cold Spell

ATHENS – The ancient monuments in Athens got a rare dusting of snow on Tuesday as temperatures across Greece hit record lows, bringing transport to a standstill in some areas.

A visitor makes her way inside the archaeological site of the ancient Temple of Zeus following a snowfall in Athens, Greece, January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

While early morning tourists at the Acropolis were treated to a snow-globe scene, locals had to contend with roads made impassable by ice and many schools were closed in the Athens region.

In northern Greece, where an all-time low of -23 degrees Celsius (-9 Fahrenheit) was recorded in the city of Florina, highways, rail and bus services were disrupted.

The sun rises behind the ancient Temple of Zeus following a snowfall in Athens, Greece, January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A cat is seen inside the archaeological site of the ancient Temple of Zeus following a snowfall in Athens, Greece, January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Heavy rain and snow was reported on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which is more used to protracted periods of drought.

There are reports that at least 16 people have died across Europe during a week of winter storms and snow.

Travellers in Europe, particularly going through Germany and Austria, were warned of possible flight delays and cancellations.

(Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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