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Europe weather: Severe storms to hammer Europe as tornadoes threaten continent
September 8, 2020
Severe storms have lashed Europe incessantly this year, regularly tearing across several countries on the continent. The extreme weather has come following a record-breaking summer, where wall-to-wall sunshine baked the ground and whipped up a frenzy of lightning and thunder. The heat has now created a new and slightly more unusual threat in tornadoes, according to forecasters.
Earlier this week, Severe Weather Europe predicted storms would form on Monday and track across the continent.
Meteorologists said the storms would pass over the southwestern Mediterranean in an outlook which started on September 7 and lasts until today.
The organisation issued both “enhanced” (ENH) and “slight” (SLGT) risks would apply to the region.
They added a range of potentially severe systems could make themselves known.
The warning reads: “ENH/SLGT risks have been issued for the southwestern Mediterranean into northern Algeria and Tunisia with a threat for severe storms, capable of producing severe winds, tornadoes, torrential rainfall, and large hail.
“Scattered to widespread organised storms are expected to form beneath a strengthening upper low.
“A moderate instability coupled with quite a strong shear should allow supercells to form from around Mallorca towards south-southeast.
“Enhanced low-level shear and helicity could support tornadic events along the leading surface convergence moving south.”
“While the main threat with supercells and storm clusters will be severe winds, torrential/excessive rainfall, and large hail.
“The threat will be gradually moving southeast with time, towards Algeria, Tunisia, and Sicily, and should extend into Monday night.”
While the latest conditions will sweep mostly over the Mediterranean, the UK won’t get off entirely scot-free.
According to the Met Office, mid-September will see a mostly “settled” UK, but with some adverse weather.
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The long-range weather forecast, which covers September 13 to 22, states sunshine and clear skies could give way to “thundery activity” following a warm spell.
The forecast added the end of the month might see a return to “changeable” conditions for the country.
The Met Office long-range forecast reads: “The start of the period is likely to bring change to the weather seen in recent weeks, with conditions expected to become more settled in the upcoming days ahead.
“This settled weather looks set to bring temperatures to near normal for most, but the South could see warm or very warm temperature at times.”
“Elsewhere, clear skies and light winds at night may see widespread mist or fog develop.
“The warm weather in the south could also harbour some thundery activity, particularly for the South West after a prolonged warm spell.
“Uncertainty lies in the duration of the settled weather, with a potential of a return to more changeable, unsettled weather by the end of the period.”
The more distant forecast – which is less uncertain – signalled a return to “fluctuating” temperatures and weather typical of the autumn.