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BBC Weather Europe: Storm Ciara buries continent in snow with freezing winds

BBC WEATHER has forecast harsh conditions as Storm Ciara moves into central Europe after battering the British Isles on Sunday with vicious floods.

BBC Weather’s Stav Danaos warned the strong winds will send temperatures plummeting to low single digits. The damaging gusts will be followed by another area of low pressure towards the end of the week. Mr Danaos said: “Stormy weather has been battering the British Isles and Ireland during the weekend, through Monday and Tuesday.

“Tuesday those very strong winds transfer across much of northern Europe where there is stormy weather also affecting parts of Germany, Denmark and the low countries with heavy showers.

“Also turning wintry as colder air moves in through Tuesday across much of the north across the continent.

“Further south very widespread sunshine across Iberia towards the eastern Meditteranean.:

Heavy mountain snow is expected across central Europe.

Mr Danaos continued: “To the north it is pretty cold with temperatures widespread into low single digits.

“Strong winds continuing and choppy seas; maybe some disruption again into the first part of Wednesday.

“A brief window of fine weather before another area of low pressure will make its way into the northwest of Europe during the course of Thursday and into Friday.

“Weather through the week for London and Paris will be turning milder as we reach the weekend.

“For Madrid and Rome generally fine and settled. Some good spells of sunshine.

“Stays cold across the east of Europe with further snow in places.”

BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned the aftermath of Storm Ciara is to wreak further havoc across the UK as strong wind gusts continue to buffet the UK amid dropping temperatures and a widespread risk of snow.

The BBC Weather meteorologist said wind gusts will be less intense than Sunday but will continue to cause major disruption across most of southern England before Storm Ciara moves off completely toward Scandinavia.

Areas across Scotland and Northern Ireland affected by Ciara at the weekend will once again see strong winds as well as a higher risk of snow on higher grounds.

Carol Kirkwood said: “The Met Office today still has out weather warnings – a wind and snow warning for Scotland and Northern Ireland and, of course, blizzards on the higher grounds.

“For Northern England, there are weather warnings for ice and also for snow on higher grounds. And across southern England is going to be wind, gusts of winds of 60-70mph.

“So, if you are travelling, bear that in mind. Also showers, Storm Ciara is now off to Scandinavia. These speckly clouds are either rain showers or snow showers.

“When you hear the word snow, you know it’s going to be cold. The wind coming in from the west and northwest pulling in colder conditions across our shores.”

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