Red and orange warnings have been issued by the BBC as a European heatwave rages throughout the continent.

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Red and orange warnings have been issued by the BBC as a European heatwave rages throughout the continent.

The extreme weather has prompted BBC Weather to issue red and orange warnings across Europe.

Due to the extreme temperatures, BBC weather forecaster Helen Willets said there would be alerts in place for south east Europe. Temperatures will begin to drop as the weekend approaches, albeit at a moderate pace. Elsewhere in Europe, heavy rain is forecast for the continent’s central countries.

Flooding is also a possibility because the ground has already been saturated as a result of the constant rain.

“The extreme warmth continues across Europe,” Ms Willetts said.

“Red alerts are still in effect from Greece to Turkey, and from Turkey to Italy.

“This graph depicts temperatures that are above average.

“Oranges and reds will fade a little over the next three or four days, but for many, it will remain above normal.

“Around the Baltic Sea states, red warnings have been issued in sections of the Balkans, while orange alerts have been issued across the Alps into Belarus, Ukraine, and Poland.

“There will also be some pretty violent thunderstorms over the Black Sea.

“There will also be strong winds and huge hail,” says the forecaster.

The BBC Weather forecaster also talked about how the weather in Central Europe would be different due to the extreme heat.

“It is a little quieter as we move towards Iberia, and it is warmish,” she remarked.

“However, low pressure is dominating the north of Europe, with strong and gusty winds sweeping in throughout the United Kingdom.

“These winds are expected to blow into Scandinavia, and temperatures are expected to be below average.

Ms Willets also warned that additional heavy rain is on its way to central Europe, which could cause flash flooding.

“There is also another pulse of heavy rain coming in on Saturday through areas of France, into the Alps, and Germany,” she added.

“There is danger that flash floods will occur on already saturated terrain.

“There could be some landslips in these places as well.”

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