Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2020

UK heatwave forecast: Storm Ellen to bring robust 30C heatwave back to Europe – Maps | Weather | News


The UK heatwave of last week broke with blustery winds, rain and widespread storms over the weekend. They have only intensified in recent days, with widespread yellow weather warnings now in place ahead of Storm Ellen. The named system will make landfall on the west coast over the next two days, bringing with it 70mph winds and heavy rain.

But forecasters believe the heatwave will return not long after this, bringing 30C heat back to continental Europe.

According to forecasters with Severe Weather Europe, the weather will turn starting today.

They said Storm Ellen arrived in the UK as part of an Atlantic depression, which will gradually weaken and build up an “upper ridge” over the continent.

The forecasters added this would spearhead a move towards stable weather.

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They said: “[The] violent storm has brought quite a wild and windy past 24 hours over Ireland, Wales, and southwestern England.

“The system was a part of the main North Atlantic depression which has now matured over western Europe.

“While storm Ellen is decaying and moving over Scotland today, the main circulation has a powerful jet stream rounding it.

“At the same time, upper-level ridging is building up from southern into central Europe.”

On Saturday, they will remain in this range or intensify towards 40C in some areas.

Severe Weather Europe added: “Stable and strong mid-level warm advection should result in a strong heatwave from France through Thursday, spreading into Germany and around the Alps on Friday.

“Temperatures should reach between +33 and +38C in many regions.

“While the cold front brings a refreshment across western and central Europe, heatwave persists across southern Europe over the weekend.”

“Temperatures should remain between +35 and +40C across Italy and the southern Balkan peninsula.”

Britain will see temperatures slighlty lower but still reach highs of around 23C this weekend before dipping into next week.

The short-lived heatwave will depart by Sunday, leaving conditions ripe for storms and severe weather.

The forecasters said a following cold front and increasing moisture could weaken the jet stream.

Conditions will end up conductive for “organised” storms, they added, which refers to systems of thunder, heavy rain and wind.



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