BBC Weather: Arctic blast sparks huge temperature drop in Europe – thunderstorm warning

BBC Weather’s Stav Danaos forecast thunderstorms for Scotland and Scandinavia next week as Arctic winds will sweep across the continent bringing a huge drop in temperatures. Turkey and the Black Sea are also at risk of thunderstorms after suffering from bad weather the past week. Temperatures in Stockholm will drop from a massive 26C amid the downpours.

Mr Danaos said: “It’s been dry and sunny for so long across the northwest of Europe but that’s certainly about to change as we start to see some colder air pushing southwards.

“Satellite pictures picks up this huge area of cloud with outbreaks of rain which should be affecting eastern Europe and colder winds pushing southwards as well.

“But a few thunderstorms breaking out.

“A risk of thunderstorms across Turkey and the Black Sea as well as in that area of cloud with some pretty wet weather on the way.

“Around 12C is Moscow and 18C in Warsaw so, a drop of temperature there.

“It looks dry, sunny and very warm across Scandinavia on Monday as temperatures reach 26C in Stockholm and 27C in Oslo.

“But we will start to see some cooler air pushing southwards into the northern parts of the British Isles and gradually into Scandinavia.

“Widespread sunshine across the north and west fo Europe.”

The drop of temperatures will be noticeable in London and Paris through the week with a risk of rain and thunderstorms as the cooler air moves in.

The forecast comes as weekend revellers have flocked to beaches and train stations to enjoy the sunny weather ahead of lockdown restrictions being eased on Monday.

Hundreds swarmed to popular beaches, and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) complained that “mixed messages” from the Government has caused travel chaos.

Temperatures have soared well above the average for the time of year, with clear skies and highs of 28C on Saturday, according to the Met Office.


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Many people enjoyed the sunny weather on the coast by Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, despite police forces urging the public to “think twice” before travelling to crowded spots.

Dorset Police said on Friday: “Relaxation of lockdown legislation, coupled with warm and sunny weather, has seen a huge rise in the number of people travelling into Dorset to spend time at beauty spots, nature reserves and coastline.

“As the country continues to fight Covid-19 and keep the R rate (an infection measure) down, the public is being asked to take responsibility for their actions and do the right thing to avoid spreading the virus and reduce the impact on local communities.”

Similar scenes were also spotted at Bournemouth Beach, nearby Bournemouth train station, which RMT union leaders described as “the eye of the storm”.

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