Iran announced a 10-day halt in gas exports to Turkey and Turkey has already imposed 3 days of power outages in hundreds of industrial zones.
Some parts of Turkey recorded during this situation the first snowfall in almost 30 years.
The situation is critical during an extremely strong peak of Winter 2021/2022 when -39,7°C was measured in Turkey, -30,0°C in Iraq, and -27,4°C in Iran, with a very bad situation in refugee camps /https://mkweather.com/extreme-frosts-hit-kurdistan-397c-in-turkey-and-274c-in-iran-gaziantep-with-05-meters-of-snow-3000-vehicles-stuck-in-a-blizzard/; https://mkweather.com/300c-in-iraq-children-in-refugee-camps-are-crying-from-extreme-winter// and extreme frosts and blizzards hit large parts of the Middle East /https://mkweather.com/extreme-frosts-hit-the-middle-east-damascus-syria-80c-turaif-saudi-arabia-60c-kirkuk-iraq-47c-nekhel-egypt-45c/; https://mkweather.com/snow-calamity-in-turkey-1-2-of-syria-and-most-of-lebanon-15c-with-snowfall-turkey-35c-and-the-northern-middle-east-with-a-peak-of-winter-2021-2022-ahead/; https://mkweather.com/syria-lebanon-several-children-dead-in-refugee-camps-after-a-snowstorm-israel-with-severe-floods//.
Meanwhile in Athens (up to 50 cm) and Istanbul (36 cm), extreme blizzard, in Greece the worst since 1968, appeared /https://mkweather.com/the-worst-blizzard-in-greece-since-1968-athens-50-cm-istanbul-turkey-36-cm-of-snow-florina-173c-and-a-rare-tornado-near-a-snow-covered-island// and from Balkan, the next wave of extreme frosts are coming (Montenegro -33,4°Cm Serbia -31,1°C and Bosnia and Herzegovina -29,5°C on 25. January 2022: /https://mkweather.com/a-historic-siberian-winter-in-balkan-montenegro-with-an-all-time-national-record-kosanica-334c/; https://mkweather.com/a-peak-of-winter-2021-2022-in-balkan-karajukica-bunari-serbia-311c/; https://mkweather.com/possible-absolute-temperature-records-in-parts-of-bosnia-and-herzegovina-sitnica-295c//.
The first snowfall since 1993 hit mainly parts of the southern coast of Turkey, including Antalya, Mugla, and Dalaman.
Along the coasts has created regionally relatively deep snow cover, from which had a joy mainly children, which snow in the region have never seen, yet.
In the period, severe blizzards, with 3-digit wind gusts alternated by days with severe frosts above Turkey have persisted (news were focused e.g. on 5000 vehicles struck in a highway, Gaziantep region received up to 50 cm of snowfall, the city reported 40cm+).
In the next days will be shifting above Turkey anomalously cold air mass from Balkan and Greece, with temperatures up to -22°C in 850 hPa.
Later in February, T850hPa up to -25°C above eastern Turkey should be reached, with the next severe frosts.
A short warmer period is predicted only around 1.-3. February 2022, then winter should be continuing until the beginning of March 2022 /https://mkweather.com/300c-in-iraq-children-in-refugee-camps-are-crying-from-extreme-winter/; https://mkweather.com/6-week-ecmwf-forecast-for-europe-until-7-march-2022-early-spring-is-coming//.
Early Spring 2022 in the region (including the Middle East) is possible around 1 month later such as in Europe, only in March 2022 /https://mkweather.com/early-spring-conditions-nao-in-europe-in-february-and-march-2022-is-still-confirming-mainly-for-western-northern-and-central-parts-se-sector-will-stay-cold/; https://mkweather.com/ecmwf-is-confirming-nao-spring-should-come-to-europe-already-in-a-few-weeks/; https://mkweather.com/6-week-ecmwf-forecast-for-europe-until-7-march-2022-early-spring-is-coming//.
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