TOPSHOT - Japanese tourists put plastic coats as they visit the ancient Colosseum during a snowfall in Rome on February 26, 2018.     / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese tourists brave a rare snowstorm in Rome, the product of an Arctic blast that has been dubbed the “Beast from the East”. The weather system, which meteorologists blamed on strong winds from Siberia, brought record low temperatures across Europe.

The Italian capital saw public transport crippled and civil defence forces deployed to clear roadways, but central and eastern Europe were hardest hit. The cold snap was expected to continue across the continent throughout the week. Scientists suggested man-made global warming made such extreme weather more common. “It’s never been this extreme,” Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute, told Reuters.

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