Cold weather front reaches Greece

GREECE is in the grip of a bout of cold weather, which has reached the region from northern Europe.

Since Friday, temperatures have plummeted across the country, with the lowest recording being -6oC at Florina, a town in northern Greece. There has also been snowfall and travel disruption in the north of the country.

Some regional roads have been closed in mountainous areas, whilst heavy rainfall in many regions has been falling during Saturday.

Gale force winds of up to 10 on the Beaufort scale have been blowing in the Aegean and Ionian Sea, affecting ferries services at the Aegean. According to Greek meteorologists the cold wave will ease on Monday.

A total of 56 people across Greece have died from flu-related complications during the current flu season.

Much of southern Europe has endure a long cold winter, with freezing temperatures recording in Turkey and Syria over the last few weeks.

There has also been extensive flooding in many places.