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MID, EAST EUROPE LOOKING AT BIG WARMUP
Numerical forecast scenarios are setting up much of Europe for what could turn out to be its hottest weather of the summer.
The thrust of these scenarios is that low pressure will settle near the Black Sea late in the week as high pressure aloft shunts the core of jet stream far northward in its trek through Europe.
For at least the weekend through early next week, a corridor from Germany and Poland east and northeast to western and northwestern Russia would have widespread temperatures at least 4 C to 8 C above normal. High temperature could easily reach 10 C and more above normal.
Put another way, cities from Berlin and Warsaw to Kiyev, Minsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg may well reach the 33 C to 35 C range.
MAJOR CITIES HAVE ALREADY FELT SOME OF SUMMER'S HEAT
Since the start of summer, it has already been hot in much of this broad swathe. Berlin and Warsaw have seen 33 C. Highs of nearly 34 C in Moscow broke records.
Earlier in June, Minsk hit 30 C and Kiyev soared to 34 C. St. Petersburg has yet to see the 30-degree mark.
Early "hints" from the GFS numerical model are that even worse heat will follow during the second week of the forecast.
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The northwestern United States will experience a flip to cool, rainy weather as Pacific storms return next week.
A natural disaster's threats don't end once the severe weather dissipates.
The lull in the western Pacific Ocean may come to an end next week with a new tropical threat expected to brew near Guam.
On the heels of short-lived Tropical Storm Tara, Mexico remains on high alert as the next tropical threat is expected to ramp up into a hurricane.
Mexico Beach, Florida, was almost completely flattened by Hurricane Michael. However, one home stood high on stilts above the wreckage, appearing largely untouched from the storm.
Eastern Spain is facing the highest risk for flooding from a pair of storms bringing unsettled weather to the Iberian Peninsula and neighboring Africa.
A renewed wave of cold air, locally damaging winds and rain and snow showers will sweep through the midwestern and northeastern United States this weekend.