A severe cold front is expected to sweep across Europe early this week, sparking a dramatic plunge in temperatures. The subzero polar blast will move through central and eastern Europe, according to the latest forecast on Pivotal Weather Europe. Eastern Europe will see a deep cold snap descend from Siberia on Tuesday night, bringing polar air into continental Europe.
The forecasts show freezing subzero temperatures will reach into central Europe.
Temperature at the surface are expected to fall by up to 10C or more in some places.
This will last until the weekend, when warmer air from western Europe sweeps across the rest of the continent.
Alina Jekins, the BBC meteorologist, said European weather will be “quite unsettled” this week.
She said : “We could see some heavy showers developing over the Mediterranean through this week.
“We have had some disturbed weather across the Iberian peninsula.
“The rain will start to pull north and westwards, and will weaken, with the storms likely to hit Madrid and other central areas before disappearing.”
A sudden cold snap brought freak storms and extreme weather warnings to Spain this week.
Spain’s meteorological office, Aemet, had forecast torrential downpours of up to 90mm an hour.
Ontinyent’s mayor, Jorge Rodríguez, said the town had endured its heaviest rainfall on record.
Several regions were placed under “extreme risk” red alert warnings.
Earlier on Friday, Italy experienced heavy snowfall in the Alps, with as much as 27 centimetres measured near Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites.