Storm Darcy: Floods in France and big snow storm in northern Europe

Continent hit by plunging temperatures and torrential rain

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Parts of France have been devastated by extensive flooding as Storm Darcy brought disruption to much of Europe. 
In Paris, parts of quays on the river Seine have been inaccessible for days after the river broke its banks with water levels at 4.35 metres on Monday morning.

The worst flooding was in Saintes, 115 km (71 miles) north of Bordeaux, where the river Charente stood at a near-record level of 6.20 metres (20 feet). The waters were at waist level in several streets and knee-deep in large parts of the town.

Meanwhile, Germany has been hit by a snow storm widely dubbed the "Beast from the East" which sent thermometers plunging.

Temperatures fell to minus 8 degrees in Berlin and minus 3 in Frankfurt on Monday, according to The Weather Channel, and were projected to stay around there for most of the week.

Most of England and Scotland are still covered by snow and ice warnings on Monday.

The Met Office has issued severe amber snow warnings for London and south-east England, where heavy snow is likely to cause long delays on roads and to rail and air travel.

Forecasters are warning of a strong chance of roads becoming blocked by deep snow, “with many stranded vehicles and passengers likely”. Snow accumulations of 5-10cm will be widespread in the affected area, and reaching up to 30cm in “a few sites”.

Areas under the warning comprise the outskirts of south-east London, plus Kent, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

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