BBC Weather Europe: Snow showers forecast as cold front sends temperatures plummeting

BBC Weather forecasts cold air and snow showers in Europe

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BBC Weather’s Chris Fawkes forecast thunderstorms and heavy showers for Italy and Spain while Finland will see snow. Temperatures on the continent are below average for the time of year. Mr Fawkes said: “We’ve got some low pressure on the way this weekend in Europe.

“Thunderstorms widespread for southern Italy working their way into Greece and western Turkey.

“Those will produce some heavy outbreaks of rain both through Saturday and Sunday as well.

“Then we’ve got cold air working across Finland bringing some snow showers here on Sunday.

“Some poor conditions expected on the roads and generally across Europe, it will be widespread showers and cool as well.

“In some places, temperatures are at 10C, lower than expected at this time of year.

“It’s not all doom and gloom, there will be some sunshine working into parts of France, 23C in Bordeaux.

“Through Monday, we’re still going to have widespread showers across western Spain and moving into the northwest of Russia.”

While most of the UK can look forward to a dry and sunny weekend as daytime temperatures in some areas are forecast to approach 20C, the Met Office has said.

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Chilly conditions on Saturday morning are set to make way for a warm afternoon, with highs of 18C (64F) expected in Manchester and Caernarfon, Wales.

Most of the nation will see the mercury hover around the mid-teens, but some breezy conditions are forecast to keep temperatures in the single digits in the east and northeast.

Another cold night will be followed by more widespread sunshine on Sunday, however the Met Office said most areas of the UK are not expected to be as warm as Friday and Saturday.

The forecast should maintain the trend of what has been one of the driest Aprils on record with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far.

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There has been an average of 12.8mm of rain across the UK up to April 22, much lower than the April average of 72.53mm, according to Met Office figures.

A typical April in the UK would have had 70% of its rainfall by now, but it instead has just had 18%.

The driest April on record across the UK was in 1938 when 14.1mm of rain was recorded, followed by April 1974 when 14.6mm of rain fell.

Despite the run of dry weather, the Environment Agency said the nation’s water reserves are in a good position.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Despite the recent dry weather causing some reductions to river flows in north west and south west England, most water companies have appropriate water reserves for this time of year.”

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