Austria experiences rare March cold snap

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Despite a momentary glimpse of Spring weather, March temperatures in Austria have once again plummeted to below zero degrees celsius, to the dismay of Austrians across the country.

The East and South of the country have been subject to wind, frost, and snow, while Vienna also recorded sub-zero temperatures, otherwise only recorded past March 20 in the years 1883 and 1958.

Alexander Orlik from the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) said cold air from the north was responsible for the prolonged Winter weather and that it was seven to ten degrees colder than it should be, ORF reported. In addition, heavy cloud cover is not letting sunshine through.

The cold snap has also been responsible for a number of traffic accidents, leading to several injuries, with one accident requiring helicopter evacuation and causing a section of the Autobahn to be closed.

Experts are uncertain when the weather will improve, though early prognoses expect conditions to milden mid-week with temperatures to be zero and above, while sunshine in some parts of the country is expected for Easter Sunday. Endi

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