Europe is bracing itself for a polar blast that will see temperatures fall by up to 20C within 24 hours and even spark a “very significant” snowfall this week.
A huge Arctic freeze will blanket Europe this week – sparking a shock plunge of nearly 20C within 24 hours in some regions. A “very significant” polar blast will unleash freezing conditions across Europe, with many areas seeing temperature plummet below zero. There is also expected to be considerable snowfall in the Alps and severe thunderstorms sweeping over the Mediterranean.
According to WXCHARTS, severe thunderstorms and excessive rainfall is likely across parts of the northern Mediterranean.
The Arctic weather blast will start with a push across the Baltic region early on Monday.
This will move from the north into central Europe, as the polar airmass encompasses parts of Scandinavia, the British Isles and Ireland by late on Monday
The freezing air will push further into central Europe by Thursday and into eastern and southeastern Europe late in the week.
Observatory TV even predicted that regions across central Europe such as Romania and Hungary could see temperatures plunge by up to 20C within 24hours.
Severe Weather EU tweeted: “Still on track for big blast of cold polar maritime airmass into Central, Southern and Eastern Europe next week!
“Temperatures will be well below average for this period. Expect severe thunderstorms across the northern and central Mediterranean.”
The huge drop in temperatures is tied to the Saharan heatwave from northern Africa that has been covering parts of Europe.
This will be replaced mid-week by the Arctic air, causing a decrease in temperature by 15C – 20C within days.
At the same time, Britain is expecting torrential rain and strong winds will bring further flood misery before Arctic air arrives mid-week sending temperatures plummeting.