Three people died due to extreme cold weather in NW Romania last weekend and another three were hospitalized with hypothermia and serious freeze wounds as the country experienced the end of unusual warm days and returned to winter.

All the victims were reported in the county of Neamt. They were found in the streets as temperatures dropped well below 0 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country - even as low as -22 degrees - especially northern Moldova where Neamt is situated.

Meteorologists announced yesterday that after three days of cold temperatures would start rising on Monday, but will remain well below what Romanians have become used to for the past two months.

In Bucharest, temperatures fell to as low as -8 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning but returned to about +3 degrees in the afternoon.