BBC Weather warning: Europe to be rocked by ‘Mediterranean cyclone’ and flash flooding

BBC Weather meteorologist Chris Fawkes warned that torrential rain is expected in Greece on Friday and into the weekend. Mr Fawkes added that there is a risk of flash flooding in the region as rainfall is expected to be between 200 to 300 milometers.

Mr Fawkes said: “In the east Mediterranean we have got a cyclone.

“This system is a like a tropical storm in many respects.

“This will bring strong winds to parts of western Greece.

“There will be 90 kilometres winds and gusts around 120 kilometres an hour.

“These are damaging gusts of wind, but it is the torrential rain that looks set to cause bigger problems.

“That is because we could see 200 to 300 milometers of rain in a short space of time, there is a risk of flash flooding across Greece.”

He added: “On Saturday the winds will calm down and will be less strong but we will still see torrential rain across eastern Greece.

“So we are not done with the flooding threat as we head into the weekend.”

Earlier today, Deputy Chief Met Office Meteorologist, Chris Tubbs, said: “Thursday and Friday will be fine and dry for most as high pressure remains close to the UK.

“Whilst it’ll be cooler for northern areas with temperatures close to normal and the chance of frost in rural spots overnight, it’ll stay warm in southern and eastern parts of the UK with temperatures staying in the low to mid-20sC into the weekend.”

But maps from WXCHARTS show a heat plume sweeping over from the Atlantic in a westerly direction as October arrives.

A high-pressure system will also be pushed towards southern areas of the UK during the beginning of next month, meaning there will be “a fair amount of sunshine” according to Netweather. 

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Netweather’s long-range forecast said: “Into early October there is an increasing chance of high pressure pushing in from the south and bringing mostly settled and warm weather, probably with a fair amount of sunshine for most, and a likelihood of more changeable weather holding on in the north and west of Scotland in particular.

“Temperatures will tend to be close to or just below the long-term seasonal norm early to midweek, with some cool nights midweek as the high pressure moves in and some fog patches in places, but will tend to rise above normal late in the week as there is a significant chance of southerly and south-westerly winds setting in.

“Mean temperatures are thus expected to be a little above normal overall, but only by 1C or less in most parts of the country.

“Rainfall totals are again mostly expected to be below normal, except in western Scotland, where near or slightly above average rainfall is most likely. Sunshine totals are mostly expected to be near normal in central and western Scotland, but above normal elsewhere.”

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