After a warm, dry summer in much of Europe, cooler and wetter weather will prevail this week.
Many places from southern Germany through the Balkans to Romania experienced a drier- and warmer-than-normal summer. Although a rainy stretch ended August in some areas of central and eastern Europe, the wet weather was not accompanied by cooler temperatures.
A slow-moving storm system will bring an extended period of unsettled weather to the region through the week.
The storm will sluggishly slide southeastward into Romania by the weekend. Along the track of this disturbance, bouts of showers and plentiful cloud cover will promote wet and cool conditions.
While the gloomy conditions will be noticeably different than the past month or two, the rainfall in beneficial for many locations that are in a short-term drought.
Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been hit hardest with parched conditions. Belgrade, Serbia, has picked up just 44 percent of normal rain since June 1 while places farther north like Budapest, Hungary, have only received 54 percent of normal.
This stretch of cooler- and wetter-than-average conditions could be prolonged for a couple of weeks. AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls noted, "The cooldown could last for 15 to 20 days, into the last week of September. By month's end, a return to warmer-than-average conditions is possible."
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