Whilst it may sound like something out of a horror movie, the “Beast from the East” is actually an enormous arctic storm that has swept through Europe over the past week.
It has earnt its nickname thanks to the freezing cold air and extreme weather conditions that it has spread throughout the entire continent.
Snow has fallen on Rome, canals have frozen throughout the Netherlands, and it has even been snowing on the beaches in Spain for the first time in decades!
Scientists believe that the incredible weather event has been caused by climate change.
Normally, an intense low-pressure system keeps an enormous bubble of air locked over the North and South Poles. As the global temperature has risen, however, this system has weakened.
This means that the freezing cold air around the North and South Poles is more prone to “spillage”. A warm current of air moving up from the Atlantic caused the cold air to spill all over Siberia before it was blown over to Europe, earning it the horror name.
Whilst most of Europe has been in negative temperatures this week, the North Pole has actually been displaying temperatures between -2 and 4 degrees Celcius, well above the average for this time of year.
The cause of the storm is extremely frightening, however, some of the photos that have been circling the internet look absolutely astonishing.
There’s snow place like Rome!
Even the palm trees and beaches in Spain saw a heavy snowfall. This was the first snow in San Sebastian in over 15 years.
World news about the Dutchies ice skating on the canals ?? Unsafe but that can’t keep people from having fun I guess. (I chickened and stayed on shore haha) | So much happening in this photo ? Do you see the guy on the bike? I’m telling all you non Dutchies, next to ice skating, we ice bike to work on a daily basis. That’s right you heard it here first ???? | Fun all day shooting with @brian_sweet and @juanjerez ?? #whplandscape
In Amsterdam, canals have completely frozen over, allowing people to skate, walk, and apparently, ride bikes on them!
They didn’t quite freeze in Venice, but the snow transformed the city into a winter wonderland
This fountain in Scotland looks like a promo shot for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
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Can you spot the Eiffel tower in the background of this snow-covered Paris?
The week-long storm made London’s iconic double-decker busses look even more beautiful!
Wow! I did not imagine today’s wedding would unfold as amazingly well and it has done! The wedding had so much camaraderie around it- from strangers and farmers giving lifts to people stepping in last minute. One of the only weddings to actually happen today in Northumberland according to the registrars. A beautiful setting at @alnwickgarden Alnwick treehouse for an unforgettable wedding. Hair by @bridalhairnortheast make up by @emilyemmettmua
This couple didn’t let the Beast from the East ruin their wedding day.
And this surfer was not going to let the snow ruin his plans for the day, either.
Lead image: A snowstorm leaves a beach under a white robe in San Sebastian, Spain, on February 28, 2018 (Photo by Jose Ignacio Unanue/NurPhoto via Getty Images)