Lonely Planet Writer

Cold snap: Europe experiences extreme weather as Roman fountains freeze over

A wave of wintry weather has been sweeping across a host of cities in Europe, leading to frozen fountains in Rome and heavy snowfall in cities such as Istanbul, Berlin, and Moscow.

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Some people touch the frozen fountain at Fontana di Piazza d’Aracoeli in Rome. Image by Awakening/Getty Images
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A close of up icicles formed on the frozen Fontana di Piazza d’Aracoeli in Rome. Image by Awakening/Getty Images
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A newly married couple walk at Sultanahmet square during snowfall in Istanbul. Image by Yasin Akgul/Getty Images
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Children walk in Red Square in – 28 degree weather in Moscow, Russia. Image by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Cities in north America also saw the seasonal change, with New York City experiencing its first proper snow day of 2017. Some locals and tourists took to parks across the city to ski and toboggan through the inches of fresh snowfall brought in by winter storm Helena.

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Children and adults sled in a Brooklyn park during the first proper snow day of 2017. Image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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New York City received up to five inches of snow in a surprise storm on Saturday. Image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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A dog sleeps in the snow at the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) district during snowfalls in Istanbul. Image by Ozan Kose/Getty Images
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Snowfalls in Sammichele di Bari, near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy. Image by Beppe Gasparro/Getty Images

The cold weather is expected to continue across Europe and America, with meteorologists predicting that the freezing temperatures will pass over the UK and Ireland within the next few weeks.