BBC Weather forecaster Ben Rich warned of unsettled weather across Europe as a brutal weather system heads towards the continent. Mr Rich said: “There’s a lot of rain to come here over the next few days. Also, bands of wet weather sliding out of Spain and Portugal and into southern France. We will once again see some snowfall over the Alps. We have had a lot of snow here over recent days so there is the potential for avalanches.”
Turkey and Italy are set to remain dry while Greece suffers from heavy rain on Saturday.
But the BBC forecaster warned a band of rain will then move in across southern France, adding: “A lot of heavy showers across Spain and Portugal where it will also be very windy, particularly gusty conditions close to the coast.
“But amidst all of that there is some fine weather to be had. Germany for the most part seeing sunshine.
“Temperatures in Berlin up to 21C – not bad at all for this time of year. It stays fine here as we go on into Sunday.
“You’ll see some further snowfall across the Alps. Although, generally, this frontal system weakening as it drifts its way northwards. Still, some outbreaks of showery rain into southern Italy and across the south east of Europe.
“Some rain, sleet and snow affecting parts of Sweden over the next few days. It should dry up in Stockholm as we get into Tuesday and Wednesday but it will turn an awful lot colder.
“Equally, in Moscow it will turn showery but mild over the next five days.
“The weather gradually improves in Athens.”
For the UK, Arctic conditions are set to hit the country next week after a weekend of milder weather conditions.
In the long-range Met Office weather forecast, meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned strong winds will make it feel brutally cold for eastern parts of Britain next week as freezing easterly winds make temperatures plummet.
Mr McGivern said: “Over the next 10 days, the weather does start to quieten down. It slowly turns drier in many places.
“But it is not going to warm up everywhere because we are going to start to find ourselves with easterly winds come next week.
“And those easterly winds will feel pretty chilly in the east coming in from the North Sea.
“But because they are easterly winds it’s the west where we will have the brightest and the driest weather heading into next week.”