Severe weather outlook – forecast across Europe. This forecast features areas of organized severe weather with risk levels and severe weather threats across the European continent.

SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK – DAY 1

 
Valid: 15/08/2020 06 UTC – 16/08/2020 06 UTC
Issued by: Severe Weather Europe
Forecaster: Marko Korošec
 

SUMMARY

 
Severe storms with a threat for large hail, severe winds, and torrential rainfall with flash floods are again expected across parts of Germany, Czechia and southern Balkans. Additional storms are likely over western France, Algeria, and northern Scandinavia on Saturday.
 

Overview of the risk areas across Europe

 
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Explanations for abbreviations (TSTM, SLGT, ENH, etc.)
 

SYNOPTIC OVERVIEW

 
An upper ridge is placed across western Europe and North Atlantic. To its north, a powerful deep upper low moves across northern Scandinavia. Another upper low is moving across the Bay of Biscay towards France and Iberia. A short-wave over the Balkans strengthens a bit. Another upper low forms along southern Greenland.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

 

+++ Germany, Czechia, Austria and Slovakia +++

 
weather forecast area 1
 

ENH/SLGT risks have been issued for east-central Germany, Czechia, northern Austria into northwestern Slovakia with a threat for severe storms, capable of producing torrential rainfall with flash floods.

Moderately instability is expected along the diffuse frontal zone, very low shear and high moisture are present. This will contribute to a widespread initiation of multicell storms with very intense rainfall. Storms will be slow-moving or nearly stationary. Therefore, flash floods are locally expected along with high rainfall sums. Storms may continue in the evening. 

+++ Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Greece +++

 
weather forecast area 2
 

ENH/SLGT risks have been issued for southern Serbia, North Macedonia, northern Greece, western Bulgaria into southeast Bosnia and southwest Romania with a threat for severe storms, capable of producing severe winds, large hail, and torrential rainfall with flash floods.

An upper wave continues east across the Balkans and deepens during the day. This serves as the main focus for rather widespread convective activity within a strongly unstable air mass but weak to moderate shear. Local topography and pre-existing outflow boundaries from the overnight activity will be the primary trigger for storms.

Again, numerous multicell storms and small clusters are expected, producing locally lots of rain and flash floods threat due to their slow-moving nature. A few supercell storms with very large hail are possible, especially across the southern parts of the risk areas where better shear is present. Storms will continue into the evening and night hours.

+++ Spain and France +++

 
weather forecast area 3
 

SLGT risk has been issued for northeast Spain into southwestern France and the Bay of Biscay with a threat for severe storms, including supercells with large hail, torrential rainfall, and severe winds.

A new upper low move in from the Bay of Biscay and results in moderate instability with increasing shear. This should become conductive for organized storms, including a few supercells. The most robust storms could produce large hail and severe winds. Activity will gradually spread north-northwest across western France in the evening hours.
 

+++ Sweden, Norway, and Finland (Lapland) +++

 
weather forecast area 4
 

SLGT risk has been issued for northern Sweden into northern Norway and northern Finland (Lapland) with a threat for isolated severe storms, including supercells with marginal hail, severe winds, and some tornado threat.

A very powerful upper low with intense wind field and shear crosses northern Scandinavia. Although the instability is strongly limited due to lack of moisture and significant heating, a few low-topped supercells could form and produce severe winds. Wind shear and helicity will also be quite strong, given the south-southeast winds ahead of a rapidly moving cold front from the west. These could promote tornadic potential.
 

+++ Algeria and Tunisia +++

 
weather forecast area 5
 

SLGT risk has been issued for northern Algeria into northern Tunisia with an isolated threat for severe storms capable of producing large hail, and severe winds. Moderately instability and shear should support a few supercells with large hail as a primary threat. 
 

+++ other areas +++

 

TSTM risk areas have been placed across Ireland, southern England, Bay of Biscay, Italy, the Alps and northern Poland with a threat for daytime driven storms. Limited shear is present, so the storms should remain sub-severe.

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Understanding Severe Weather Outlook

 

Severe Weather Outlook features areas of organized severe weather with risk levels and severe weather threats. Risk levels are divided into seven categories:

TSTM – Thunderstorms
MRGL – Marginal risk
SLGT – Slight risk
ENH – Enhanced risk
MDT – Moderate risk
HIGH – High risk
SIG – Significant risk
WNTR – Winter risk

Risk categories stand for the coverage and intensity of organized severe weather. Those could include supercells, squall lines, mesoscale convective systems, wind storms, flooding, snowstorms, or ice storms.

Severe weather threats include:
  • large hail (of at least 2 cm in diameter)
  • Tornadoes (including waterspouts)
  • Wind gusts (convective or non-convective) above 25 m/s (or above 90 km/h)
  • Torrential convective precipitation / Flash floods
  • Excessive rainfall (100 mm within 12 hours) / snowfall (50 cm within 12 hours)
Extremely severe weather threats include:
  • Large hail (of at least 5 cm in diameter)
  • Tornadoes of F2 intensity or stronger
  • Wind gusts (convective or non-convective) above 33 m/s (or above 119 km/h) or 12 Bft
  • Torrential convective precipitation / Flash floods
  • Excessive rainfall (150 mm within 12 hours or above ) / snowfall (above 100 cm within 24 hours)

Categories in the forecast represent the chance of severe weather occurring within a 40 km radius from a location. The used level is based on the conversion table of probabilistic risk into the outlook categories. A threat level is upgraded into a higher category if probabilities meet the threshold criteria for the specific threat (e.g. tornado, wind, hail, or rainfall threat).

Each individual threat area includes a detailed forecast map and discussion on the potential of severe weather threats.

Read more: Explanations for abbreviations (TSTM, SLGT, ENH, etc.)