BBC Weather: ‘Zone of thunderstorms’ set ‘disappointing’ temperatures across continent

Europe weather: Rainy outbreaks in east while west remains drier

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BBC Weather’s Chris Fawkes forecast up to 70mph winds in Scandinavia and a “lively” thunderstorm across Italy and Ukraine towards the end of the week. Mr Fawkes said: “An area of low pressure in Finland at the moment and that’s sinking its way further southwards over the coming 24 hours. We’ve got outbreaks of rain as well as a mixture of sunshine and showers.

“Some strong winds for Finland, Norway and Sweden with gusts of winds at 70mph in place.

“A zone of thunderstorms will develop across southern Italy to parts of Romania and Ukraine as well, those thunderstorms quite lively in places.

“Cool weather across central Europe with outbreaks of rain followed by sunshine and showers with temperatures disappointing for August, just 18C in Berlin and 16C in Copenhagen.

“Through Friday this slow moving area of low pressure is still on the charts, outbreaks of rain and showers become increasingly more widespread across Europe.

“In the west, something a little drier; still some hot sunshine for Spain.”

It comes as a spell of fine and sunny weather in Northern Ireland is expected to last until next week.

On Monday, Castlederg in County Tyrone recorded the highest temperature in the UK and Ireland at 24.3C.

The Met Office said the heat is expected to peak on Wednesday when temperatures may reach 25C or 26C.

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The forecaster said: “Any early mist or fog patches (are) soon burning away on a fine, dry, sunny, warm day, with temperatures highest towards Belfast.”

While the return of the good weather has been welcomed by most, it is still some way short of the record-breaking temperatures experienced in the region in July.

During the heatwave the Northern Ireland temperature record was exceeded on several occasions.

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Castlederg recorded a temperature of 31.3C on July 21.

A higher temperature of 31.4C was provisionally recorded in Armagh the following day, but was ruled out by the Met Office because the equipment did not pass all subsequent verification checks.

Until the July heatwave, the record temperature in Northern Ireland had stood for 45 years.

The most recent spell of good weather has led to the reopening of the Portglenone Sunflower Field in Co Antrim, which is raising money for Bowel Cancer UK.

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