After the record heat wave this summer, Russia's weather seems to have acquired a taste for the extreme

Forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years

The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Polish scientists say that it means the stream will not be able to compensate for the cold from the Arctic winds. According to them, when the stream is completely stopped, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe.

So far, the results have been lower temperatures: for example, in Central Russia, they are a couple of degrees below the norm.