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Dutch skaters take to the ice as temperature drops

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People skate on ice near Lytse Wielen, in the north of the Netherlands, on Jan. 31, 2012. Weather forecasters predict a week with winter snow and temperatures around freezing.

While much of western Europe is experiencing cold temperatures the real extremes are further east, where dozens of people have died of hypothermia in recent days. See more images from the European winter on PhotoBlog.

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