Arctic blast takes over Europe as temperatures to plunge to -35C across Scandinavia

BBC Weather warns of showers and cold weather across Europe

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Scandinavia will take the brunt of the cold weather, with the latest meteorological graphics from Meteoceil showing temperatures drop to as low as -35C between Sunday and Monday. BBC Weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said unsettled weather will remain in charge across most of the continent at the start of the new week, with widespread snow in the Pyrenees as well as the Balkans. Mr Schafernaker said: “We’ve got a wintry picture across Europe, wintry meaning that it’s very unsettled in many areas.

“Lots of heavy showers and some quite strong winds, look at that motion of the cloud, this is cold air spreading across the Pyrenees, across the Balearics and even reaching the north coast of Africa.

“That bad weather stretches into eastern parts of the Mediterranean.

“This is the forecast for Monday, the weather front moving into Greece, knocking on the door there, very close to Athens.

“Rain for parts of Turkey, snow in the Balkans. We’ve also got some rain and some snow potentially for the Pyrenees.”

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He added: “This weather front moves across into France, and the UK as well.

“And then east and north, cold weather. These are the daytime temperatures, 9 below for Helsinki, -15C in the north of Scandinavia.”

The Metrociel graphic shows temperatures will be freezing across most of northern Sweden and Finland while hitting a milder -10 minimum in Norway.

The UK is also set to experience colder conditions due to Storm Barra threatening to add to the havoc Storm Arwen caused last week.

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The Met Office issued two yellow wind warnings covering the majority of England, Wales, and southern Scotland of the UK for Tuesday.

Scotland has also been issued a yellow snow warning in place between 11am and 11pm on Tuesday.

The BBC Weather’s forecast for the next week read: “A series of troughs will move over the country with a deep low expected to affect the country from Tuesday.

“In between the passage of these troughs the Atlantic high will occasionally push transitory ridges towards the country bringing some respite. Temperatures will be 1-3C below average for much of the week.

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“Temperatures over the weekend are expected to be 1-2C below average.

“Into the working week, a band of rain will move across from early Monday, clearing to the east in the afternoon. A further band of rain will move across into Tuesday slowly clearing through the day as winds begin to increase.

“Very windy over most parts with showery rain developing into Wednesday. Winds ease on Thursday but still a few showers.

“Friday may see a calmer day ahead of a further band of wet and windy conditions over the weekend.”

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