Europe weather forecast: SNOW and heavy rain to blanket the continent this weekend

BBC Weather’s Helen Willetts warned heavy showers will drench northwest Europe this weekend before moving to Italy by Monday. Hill snow is expected in the north. The Met Office also has a yellow weather warning for rain in place from Sunday as flooding is expected.

Ms Willetts said: “There are some fog issues around across the Balkans in areas of high pressure but for many parts of Europe, we’re dominated by low pressure.

“Wet and windy weather sweeping in; some gales at times across parts of the low countries.

“That southwesterly mild wind will continue to pull in further bouts of rain with snow over the hills.

“Then we’re got one diving southwards with low pressure across the Alps on Sunday and giving some rain here.

“Quite cool in comparison across parts of Turkey, Cyprus with some showers around.

“Some quite heavy showers around here on the weekend.

“Further northwest, it will be dominated by the wet and windy weather.

“By Monday the system will have moved towards Greece.”

BBC’s Carol Kirkwood said some pretty wet and windy” weather is set to barrel across the north and the west of the UK.

She said: “That’s because we’ve got low pressure driving our weather with this weather front.

“This is bringing in some heavy and persistent rain as well.

“Now it’s been raining quite steadily through the course of the night, across parts of Scotland, northwest England and also Northern Ireland.

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“So if you’re out first thing, there will be a lot of surface water and spray around.”

She continued: “The other end of the country, in the southeastern quarter, there will be some patchy mist and fog.

“Locally it’s dense, that should lift and then it will brighten up.

“But through the day, as this weather front advances slowly eastwards, the cloud will build, turning the sunshine hazy.

“We’ll see some light and patchy rain get in across Wales and the southwest.”

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