BBC Weather: ‘Blistering’ heat across Europe as temperatures to reach 40s in July heatwave

BBC Weather: Temperatures set to soar across Europe

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Chris Fakes outlined that temperatures are around 10 degrees above average across some parts of the continent. The BBC meteorologist forecast the hottest conditions in Italy and parts of the Balkans for Thursday.

Mr Fawkes said: “We have got a weather front sweeping into the heart of Europe at the moment.

“This big stripe of cloud you can see stretching from Spain all the way to Norway and Sweden.

“To the east of this, we have got some very high temperatures for the moment widely across Eastern Europe.

“Some temperatures are running about 10 degrees above average.

“Top temperatures are into the high 30s even the low 40s in places as we go through Thursday.

“The hottest weather is across southern areas of Italy but also blisteringly hot across Hungary and parts of the Balkans as well.”

The BBC’s long-range forecast for July 12-19 outlined more unsettled and wet weather for the UK.

The BBC wrote: “Through the middle of July, we expect that the most likely scenario is for a large-scale low-pressure trough to persist over northern Europe, including the British Isles.

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“This means that we should see a continuation of the cooler, wetter pattern as low-pressure systems are often nearby or overhead.

“One complicating factor for the longer-range forecasts this month is that the jet stream, a ribbon of fast-moving air in the upper atmosphere that helps drive weather fronts, is rather weak at the moment.

“This is normal for summertime, but it also means that low-pressure systems that tend to move through and head east will instead stall and sit in place, lasting much longer.

“However, it also means these lows will tend to be weaker, so it shouldn’t be particularly windy.

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“Our best chances for warmer weather will be if the winds shift out of the southwest or south.”

The BBC added: “The main risk to the forecast is that high pressure in the Atlantic may build stronger into northern Europe than we expect.

“This would be a drier pattern for southern and eastern areas although wetter weather would still be possible in the west and north.

“Temperatures would also be a little warmer, rising slightly above average especially for southern areas.”

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