Jackie Cobell of Great Britain competes in the women’s race in Woehrsee lake in Burghausen, Germany. Swimmers will compete in several disciplines over the next few days and will be exceptionally challenged today as temperatures have plummeted well below zero. Photo Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty
Kashmiri fishermen cover their heads and part of their boats with blankets and straw as they wait to catch fish in the waters of the Anchar Lake in Srinagar. Photo Danish Ismail/Reuters
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The sun begins to rise over the town of Warminster viewed from the National Trust’s Cley Hill, as the country wakes up to sub-zero temperatures, on Wednesday in Wiltshire, England. Sennybridge in Wales recorded the lowest temperature of the season overnight, with the Met Office reporting a low of -9.4C.
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Helpers of the winemaker society harvest grapes in Glottertal, Germany. The frozen grapes are used to make traditional German ice wine.
Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul on Wednesday, at the start of a day’s begging. The civil war, which began as a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, has killed 200,000 people and turned 3 million more into refugees
Two men stroll at the Kronsberg hill near Hannover, northern Germany on Friday morning
Icicles form on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday. Cold air has sent temperatures into single digits below zero around the US, with wind chills driving them even lower
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A cold rickshaw puller waits for customers in Allahabad, India.
Workers warm themselves around a fire at a wholesale grocery market on a winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi on Friday
Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi
A bench covered in ice on Buda Hills in Budapest on Wednesday. Tens of thousand of homes on the outskirts of Budapest went without electricity this week as freezing rain blanketed the area and falling trees cut power lines
A girl lets snow fall on her tongue on a street in Hefei, Anhui province, in eastern China, on Thursday
An Afghan child warms herself near a traditional sandali stove at her family’s home in Herat, Afghanistan, on Friday. As winter sets in across Central Asia, finding adequate food and shelter is a struggle for many Afghans.
An Afghan resident walks during snowfall in Kabul on Thursday. The Afghan capital has experienced its second heavy snowfall of the winter.
An anti-government protester stands at a road block in Kiev on Monday. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in an attempt to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovich, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the US.
A pedestrian walks along the banks of the Neris river as temperatures dipped to minus 18 degrees centigrade in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Monday.
Soldiers of the South Korean army’s special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200km east of Seoul. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.
Commuters find refuge in Manhattan’s Grand Central train terminal as temperatures drop below freezing in New York city.
Ice forms on an abandoned dock in the East River as extreme freezing conditions, known as a polar vortex, hit New York. The Atlantic seaboard of the US is gripped by the coldest weather it has had in decades
Immigrants drink and eat at Tarifa’s harbour after being rescued off the Spanish coast. Spanish lifeguards today saved 32 African immigrants trying to cross the sea from Morocco to Spain in flimsy vessels, authorities said.