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Abnormally cold weather prolongs suffering for quake victims

For at least the next week, a bitter weather pattern will worsen a challenging situation for those left homeless by Monday’s quakes, or for those yet to be rescued.

Computer models project that temperatures will remain about 10 to 15 degrees (5.5 to 8 Celsius) below average, with no sign of a thaw in southern Turkey and northern Syria. In a tweet Tuesday, Turkey’s General Directorate of Meteorology confirmed that temperatures are predicted to be below seasonal norms through Feb. 14.

In a tweet summarizing the forecast for the area affected by the earthquake, the directorate predicts freezing lows and highs only in the 30s to near 40 (between 1 and 4 Celsius) through Saturday with generally partly cloudy skies.