BBC Weather: 'Disturbance' to batter Europe this week as 'big' thunderstorms hit

Weather has warned of heavy thunderstorms striking parts of northern Spain, southern France and northern Italy as a weather system barrels across the continent. BBC Weather forecast Nick Miller forecast “another shot of energy in the next day or so” producing unsettled weather. BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes even warned of localised flooding as flash flooding hits the Balkan regions.

Miller said: “Some big summer thunderstorms have been affecting parts of Europe over the last few days, particularly in alpine regions and they are going to get another shot of energy in the next day or so.

“We have got a weather disturbance this area of cloud moving out of Iberia and that will be the focus for further downpours through the Pyrenees, northern areas of France, onto the Alps, northern areas of Italy and into the Balkans as we go onto Tuesday.”

Moving into Wednesday, the BBC Weather forecaster, added: “Here through Scandinavia, and the western parts of Russia, it is unsettled, low-pressure is close by.

“Not only is that cloud and some outbreaks of rain, but it is also pulling in some pretty cool air.”

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BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes added: “Quite a few contrasts Europe weather-wise at the moment around the Mediterranean, particularly central areas, the weather is a bit hotter than normal with plenty of sunshine.

“Thunderstorms breaking out across northern Spain, southern parts of France and northern Italy especially. Over the next few days those storms in Italy will transfer eastwards into the Balkans, parts of southern Romania and Bulgaria.

“The storms are likely to have some torrential rain mixed in with them, so we could see some flash flooding in some areas, as well as that there could be some hail and some fairly gusty winds.”

It comes as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms to hit the country from Thursday.

The Met Office said: “The last week of July is likely to see some more changeable weather conditions at times as Atlantic weather systems push across the UK.

“There will still be some drier and brighter interludes, especially across the south and southeast, but even here there is likely to be some rain, especially at first.

“Through the first week of August the wettest and windiest conditions may become increasingly confined to the northwest, with southeastern parts seeing more in the way of settled weather, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast.

“Overall, temperatures are most likely to remain slightly above average."

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