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VILNIUS – Officials in Lithuania say this winter’s record low temperatures have claimed the lives of at least three people over the weekend in the Baltic nation’s capital.
Emergency medical officials in Vilnius reported Monday that, in addition, some seven people were have received substantial frostbite to their hands and feet in the past few days.
The Hydrometeorological Service said temperatures plunged as low as minus 24 degrees Celsius (minus 11 Fahrenheit) in the central Lithuanian town of Ukmerge both Sunday and Monday.
Baltic neighbor Latvia reported that eight people have been rushed to hospital with hypothermia and frostbite due to the cold spell.
Estonia’s state weather service is forecasting the cold spell to remain in the Baltic region throughout this week, with temperatures expected to drop to minus 29 degrees Celsius in some areas.