BBC Weather: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Europe as continent faces deluge

BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor warned thunderstorms are expected to disrupt the sunshine in Europe this week. He explained the continent has seen a divide in its weather as Spain and France will have plenty of sunshine but Norway has hill snow.

Mr Taylor said: “In Europe, colder air is marching its way eastwards at the moment.

“Satellite imagery shows a thin band of cloud which is the dividing line between humid air in the southeast and cooler conditions opposite.

“As it works its way through, there are some severe storms to finish Monday and go through the night into Tuesday.

“Moving away from Poland and Austria then through the northern portion of the Balkans.

“There could be the odd thunderstorm and isolated shower in Greece but a big drop in temperature in Budapest and Warsaw.”

Scandinavia has also turned substantially colder since the heatwaves with highs of only 13C and snow on the hills in Norway.

Mr Taylor continued: “Rain spreading across Ireland and towards the UK.

“But sunshine continues in France and across Iberia as well.

“This is where the hottest weather will be as we go through the rest of the week.

“It could spark off a few isolated storms.”

The UK saw above-average rainfall last month – with one English village enduring its wettest June day in nearly a century.

The Met Office recorded 105.7mm of rainfall across the UK over the month, 144 percent of the June average.


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It comes after England went through its driest May on record and the UK had its sunniest spring since records began in 1929.

According to the latest figures, Cornwall recorded 143.3mm of rainfall last month, more than twice the county’s average monthly rainfall, making it the area’s fifth wettest June, while South Glamorgan in Wales had 144.8mm of rainfall, making it the seventh wettest on record.

Devon had its eighth wettest June with 142.1mm, which was also around twice the expected monthly rainfall, with data going back to 1862.

Meanwhile, Honister Pass in Cumbria recorded 212.8mm of rainfall on June 28, marking the wettest day on record for the month and the wettest day of 2020 so far.

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