BBC Weather: Freak heatwave sweeps over Europe as mercury rockets to 30C until mid-October

A FREAK heatwave is set to push into Europe soon as a major pattern flip shapes up for the weekend despite the continent being pressed by “showers” and “snow”, according to the latest forecast.

After a quite cold period across the eastern half of Europe this week, a major pattern flip is shaping up this weekend. Severe Weather Europe have predicted "much warmer weather" with local temperatures "up to 30 degrees" expected. Forecasts show this period sweeping in through until mid-October.

It will be unusually warm for many areas, including south France, Italy, south Balkans and Turkey.

BBC weather presenter Stav Danaos picked up on this shift and started his forecast by noting that the Mediterranean was “going to be turning sunnier and hotter for the latter part of the week and into next week”.

However, he said there would “still be some showers and storms generated in parts of Sicily, southern Italy and into southern Greece”.

To the north of Europe, it seems pretty unsettled.

READ MORE: BBC Weather: Europe braced for snow and thunderstorms

BBC Weather: Freak heatwave in store for Europe

BBC Weather: Freak heatwave in store for Europe (Image: WXCHARTS)

BBC Weather: Temperatures rocket to 30 degrees

BBC Weather: Temperatures rocket to 30 degrees (Image: BBC Weather)

He said: “Towards the south, outbreaks of rain and some snow over the Alps seem likely.

“But generally sunny and warm for the south east of Europe, pretty hot with Cyrpus.

“Increasing amounts of sunshine for much of Greece and Italy through Wednesday.

“A sunny, dry outlook for much of Spain and Portugal.”

BBC Weather: Heatwave due for mid October

BBC Weather: Heatwave due for mid October (Image: BBC Weather)

The presenter continued: “More cloud for France and northwards, fairly strong winds, showers or stronger spells of rain.

“It will be quite chilly across the Scandinavian peninsula, temperatures ranging from three to nine degrees.

“Similar story on Thursday, stays quite windy from Ireland across the British isles into northern Europe.”

DON'T MISS
WATCH: ‘Terrifying’ Hurricane Lorenzo makes crashing landfall [VIDEO]
Met Office Weather: Category 5 Hurricane Lorenzo ‘packing a punch’ [MAP]
BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of ‘terrifying'’ Hurricane Lorenzo [FORECAST]

BBC Weather: Sunny, dry outlook for central Europe

BBC Weather: Sunny, dry outlook for central Europe (Image: BBC Weather)

He added: “Whereas further south, an increasing amount of sunshine.

“That also goes for the Adriatic into parts of southern Italy and Greece.

“So it’s looking dry and certainly pretty warm for Madrid and for Rome.

“Showers continue and fairly breezy for London and to some extent for Paris.

“Showers as well for Berlin, turning a bit warmer into the weekend.”