Farmers fear for crops after a week of frost and snow, while a persistent heatwave in India costs scores of lives

After a very warm start to April, parts of Central and Eastern Europe reverted to winter mode over the Easter weekend and throughout last week as unusually cold air for this time of year spread southwards bringing snow and sub-zero temperatures. In Slovakia, a heavy snowstorm reportedly caused a 40-car pile-up.

However, the wintry weather hasn’t just brought travel disruption. It has also caused concern among farmers who fear that hard frosts and snow could have damaged or destroyed crops. The low-pressure system over south-eastern Europe that brought this weather drifted eastwards on Thursday into Ukraine and Romania, bringing further snow accumulations to mountainous areas.

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Source: Guardian Climate Change