A blast of freezing weather called the “Beast from the East” has gripped most of Europe this week, causing more than 24 deaths and bringing snowstorms and icy conditions as far south as the Mediterranean—in fact, parts of the Arctic were warmer than Europe this week. While temperatures are expected to return to normal by the end of the week, people are still struggling to cope with weather conditions, especially in places which haven’t seen snowfall in many years.

1. Icicles hang from a frozen elephant fountain on February 27, 2018, in Colchester, United Kingdom.
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2. The sun rises behind the Muenster Cathedral during a cold morning in Bern, Switzerland, on February 28, 2018.
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3. Gondolas covered in snow are moored in Saint Mark's Basin in front of San Giorgio island in Venice, Italy, on February 28, 2018. Venice woke up under a blanket of snow as a Siberian weather front reached Italy.
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4. Snow falls on a soldier from the mounted Household Cavalry near Horseguards Parade in London, England, on February 27, 2018.
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5. A wee snowman stands in front of the Colosseum during a snowstorm on February 26, 2018, in Rome, Italy. Rome is seeing snow for the first time in six years.
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6. A frozen Naiadi fountain is seen in downtown Rome, Italy, on February 28, 2018.
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7. Men clear a boat covered with ice in Bakarac, Croatia, on February 27, 2018.
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8. A sunken boat is seen in Bakarac, Croatia, on February 27, 2018.
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9. Huskies play in Green Park following a snow flurry on February 26, 2018, in London, England.
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10. A man falls while ice skating on a frozen lake in Prague, as sub-zero temperatures hit the Czech Republic on February 27, 2018.
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11. A wide angle view of Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace covered in snow on February 28, 2018, in Venice, Italy.
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12. A snowy table sits prepared for breakfast in Piazza San Marco in Venice on February 28, 2018.
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13. A couple poses in Piazza San Marco in Venice on February 28, 2018, following an overnight snowfall.
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14. A tourist boat with a restaurant aboard, specially designed for winter river cruises, moves through the frozen Moskva River in Moscow, Russia, on February 27, 2018. Temperatures dipped to negative 14 degrees Celcius (6.8 Fahrenheit) in Moscow and negative 22 degrees Celcius (negative 7.6 Fahrenheit) at night.
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15. Huge waves break against the seawall and lighthouse at the mouth of the River Tees on February 28, 2018, in Redcar, United Kingdom.
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16. Icicles hang on a bench in a bay in the village of Attersee, Austria, on February 28, 2018.
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17. A dinosaur park dusted by snowfall in Belgrade, Serbia, on February 26, 2018.
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18. This photo taken on February 27, 2018, in Paris shows the La Defense business district during snowfall.
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19. A statue covered in ice sits in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, on February 28, 2018.
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20. A horse stands in a snow-covered field in Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Britain, on February 27, 2018.
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21. People walk through heavy snowfall along the Promenade des Anglais on February 26, 2018, in Nice, France.
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22. Boats sit covered with a thick layer of ice in Lake Constance in the port of Romanshorn, Switzerland, on February 28, 2018.
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23. Children play in the snow at a park in Pogradec, southeast Albania, on February 27, 2018.
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24. Deer stand in a snowfall in Richmond Park in London, England, on February 28, 2018.
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25. A frozen barrier is seen during a windy winter day near Lake Leman in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 26, 2018.
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26. Several trucks and cars stand deserted after a pileup near Sjobo, southern Sweden, on February 27, 2018.
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27. Members of the Battery Belles and Buoys, a wild sea-swimming group that swims every day in the sea at the Battery Rocks in Penzance take a dip as heavy snow arrives on February 28, 2018, in Cornwall, England.
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28. Ducks take off from a pond on a cold winter's day near the village of Druzhnyi, Belarus, on February 27, 2018.
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29. People walk on the partially snow covered Pilat (or Pyla) sand dune during snowfall on February 28, 2018, in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France.
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30. Young people sled down a snow-covered hill in Greenwich Park on February 28, 2018, in London, England.
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31. Forest officer Ansgar Pape checks the gigantic icicles and the ice walls during his inspection tour along the Hochwald cave (Hochwaldgrotte) at the Thuringian Forest near Eisenach, Germany, on February 28, 2018.
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32. The equestrian bronze statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi sits covered by snow in Rome, Italy, on February 26, 2018.
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