The first in a series of cutoff lows over the Mediterranean will deepen considerably and produce a windstorm across parts of the western Mediterranean on Thursday.

An active pattern is setting up for the Mediterranean with a succession of cutoff lows over the next week or so. The first of these will form tomorrow and intensify on Thursday, with the surface low deepening down to or even below 980 mbar. A strong wind field is expected to develop – high-resolution model guidance indicates a likely windstorm over parts of the western Mediterranean. Expect strong mistral winds, gusting up to 100-140 km/h along parts of the SW coast of France, parts of the SE coast of Spain, the Balearic Islands (Mallorca and Menorca in particular) and across the NE coast of Algeria and N coast of Tunisia. Also expect strong levant winds across parts of Corsica and Sardinia. Peak wind gusts in the mountainous terrain of Corsica will likely exceed 150 km/h.

See also:

Weekly pattern across Europe overview – a very dynamic winter weather through the remainder of January (Jan 21 – 30th)