BBC Weather: Huge storm system to BATTER continent with 'damaging winds' and THUNDER

Weather has claimed Europe will be hit by a low-pressure system packing damaging winds this week as it sweeps eastwards across the continent. The system is likely to bring thunderstorms and hail as it moves eastwards, while Spain and Portugal are forecast scorching conditions. BBC Weather forecaster, Chris Fawkes, said: “The weather continues to be very unsettled across central areas of Europe thanks to a slow-moving area of low-pressure.

“Outbreaks of rain, particularly heavy across Croatia, northern parts of Italy, and on into parts of Poland, where thunderstorms will break out.

“There is a risk of some damaging wind gusts with those storms, and also the potential for some fairly large hail.

“Ultimately those storms will tend to push eastwards, threatening Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and the far west of Russia as well.”

He added: “The southeast of Europe some hot, sunny weather to come across Greece and also western Turkey. Temperatures lifting for Spain and Portugal where the weather is largely dry, settled and sunny.

“Still a number of showers in France, with partly cloudy skies, it is not especially warm. Temperature about 20C in Paris, 18C in Frankfurt, still cloudy and a few showers around here.”

Into Thursday the BBC Weather forecast said the low-pressure system would move further eastwards across the continent.

It comes as the UK has been forecast a dip in temperatures as cooler air from the north moves southwards bringing thundery showers.

BBC Weather forecaster Simon King said: “That cooler air is coming in from the north, you can see the blues here from the Arctic just oozing their way southward across the UK.”

But, the weather forecaster claimed conditions would improve towards the end of the week, with thermometers expected to nudge towards 26C.

He said: “On into Thursday that southwesterly wind is still going to be with us, so it’s still going to bring in those milder conditions but also these weather systems still with us, they’re going to bring more outbreaks of rain.

“But you can see the blue is more limited to the far north of Scotland, elsewhere with that southwesterly we’ve got some oranges returning. By the end of the week into the weekend, those temperatures could be as high as about 25C, 26C in the south east of England.

“But as you can see from the outlook it’s quite mixed, despite those temperatures rising there is going to be quite a bit of cloud and some outbreaks of rain.”

With temperatures expected to pick up towards the end of the week, leading bookmakers have slashed odds to 2-1 that next month will be the hottest June on record.

Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: “We make this June just 2-1 now to be the hottest since records began and as the sun continues to shine down at the end of May there is every chance of that coming true.”

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