The mainly dry and warm weather pattern of the past couple of weeks came to a close Thursday across central Europe. Wet weather is expected to make for a dreary end of the week and could cause some flooding problems with heavier downpours.
Since last week of September, most areas from eastern France through southern Germany and into Austria and northern Italy have been dry and warm, under the influence of a large dome of high pressure. This spell of pleasant weather came to an abrupt end as a potent storm system dove through the United Kingdom and into France and spread rain across central Europe on Thursday.
The rain can fall heavily at times into Friday, sweeping across Salzburg, Austria and the Alps.
Most locations will receive 25 to 50 mm (1-2 inches) of rain during the end of the week, but some spots, especially in favored mountain regions, could pick up 75mm (3 inches) or more. These higher amounts could lead to flooding in some locations.
Elsewhere, the story will be the dull and gray conditions that are expected to persist into the weekend. The low pressure area responsible for the wet weather will get cut off from the jet stream and remain nearly stationary over eastern France. While the heaviest rain should fall Thursday, on-and-off showers can continue into Saturday and Sunday.
In the higher elevations of the Alps, snow will fall. Innsbruck, Austria, may pick up their first snow of the season although the highest accumulations should remain in the more mountainous terrain outside the city.
By the weekend, the another band of heavier rain may set up shop over northern Germany. Berlin, Hanover, Hamburg and Dresden can all be drenched. Berlin, Brussels and even Amsterdam can receive up to an inch of rain through the weekend.
Looking ahead, an active weather pattern is anticipated into next week with the potential for more unsettled weather.
Friday night saw two breathtaking phenomoma light up the sky, Manhattanhenge and the Supermoon.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
A cooldown is on the way for the Minneapolis area headed into the new week.
Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.
Starting on Sunday, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic will be faced with severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours on multiple days before the new week ends on a more refreshing note.
Sampson Co., NC (1961)
Nine tobacco workers aged 13-70 were struck by lightning while taking shelter in a tobacco barn. Lightning struck metal heating system against which victims were leaning. One survived, Three others under open shelter outside the building were unhurt.
Norfolk, VA (1984)
A Navy seaman was struck and killed by lightning.
Virginia Beach, VA (1990)
8.9 inches of rain in the Pembroke section of the city resulted in major flooding.