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Photos: Extreme weather around the world in 2019

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 9: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 30: A man takes a walk along the city's lakefront as temperature hung around -20 degrees on January 30, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Businesses and schools have closed, Amtrak has suspended service into the city, more than a thousand flights have been cancelled and mail delivery has been suspended as the city copes with record-setting low temperatures.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

January: Polar vortex in the US

The polar vortex in the U.S. Midwest and parts of Canada led to an extremely cold wave, with temperatures dropping to below minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 34.4 degrees Celsius) in places. The arctic-chilled air resulted in schools, businesses and offices being shut, and at least 20 deaths were attributed to extreme weather conditions.

(Pictured) A man walks along the city's lakefront in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Jan. 30.

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