BBC WEATHER warned of “nasty” and “lively” thunderstorms to hit areas of Europe over the weekend, alongside heavy downpours across central and eastern parts.
Europe is braced for an unsettled weekend as thunderstorms and heavy showers hit the continent. Greece and parts of Turkey in particular are likely to see hailstones and strong winds. BBC weather host Chris Fawkes said: “The weather is going to stay very unsettled across central and eastern parts of Europe as we go through this weekend.
“Now already showing on the satellite picture we’ve got quite a lot of cloud working in.
“That cloud will bring some heavy showers and thunderstorms quite widely across central and eastern areas of Europe, and some of them look to be quite nasty. Again going towards parts of Greece and western areas of Turkey as well.
“So some intense downpours here, could see some hail stones and some gusty winds as well to watch out for.
“So there are those storms working in, now across the vey far south into Crete and also Cyprus it probably stays dry with sunshine.
“Those shower staying well to the north. Italy becoming dry with more sunshine as well on Sunday.
“Mainly fine as well for Spain and Portugal, but as we drift further northwards we come into a zone of cloudier weather across the UK and also into parts of Netherlands, Belgium, northern Germany and Denmark too.
“A few showers breaking out in eastern and central Germany as we go on through the afternoon.”
For next week, conditions are set to become hotter in France but cooling in eastern parts of the continent.
The BBC weather presenter said: “Now the weather picture through Monday, further downpours are expected to work in across parts of southern Germany, across the Alps into Italy.
“Some of those storms becoming quite lively, but a bit more sunshine in France. Temperatures will be rising in Paris, temperatures here could reach the high 20s towards the middle of the week ahead.
“In sharp contrast to that the weather certainly cool over the next few days across a swathe of eastern Europe for the time of year.
“Temperatures just into the low 20s in Moscow.”
Meanwhile for the UK, the Met Office forecast dry conditions over the weekend but unsettled weather next week.
The forecast reads: “Saturday and Sunday should be largely dry with sunny spells although a few showers will develop during the day, especially across central and eastern areas.
“Monday should be a dry day for most, with bright or sunny spells. Temperatures will be near normal, but locally warm in the sunnier parts of the south and southwest.
“Through the following week, Atlantic weather systems are likely to bring some wetter and possibly windier spells across the UK, more especially across the north and west.
“The timings of these systems is currently very uncertain and are still likely to be interspersed with drier and brighter periods. Southern and southeastern areas are most likely to remain predominantly settled.
“Temperatures are likely to be slightly warmer than average overall, especially during spells of settled weather.”