Over the past week high pressure situated over or near the UK has brought fairly quiet and settled weather across the country and this is expected to continue into next week. Elsewhere across the globe there are some potentially significant weather events evolving which our meteorologists are keeping an eye on. Here we take a look at a few key areas and explore what the forecast has in store over the coming days.
Central and western Mediterranean
Recent thundery outbreaks of rain in the central Mediterranean are likely to continue into next week. Parts of central Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania may see 150-250mm of rain, with as much as 500mm possible in some places over a few days, which is over twice their monthly average rainfall. As a result, significant flooding, with a risk of landslides may affect central Italy and Croatia Wednesday and Thursday, then affecting coastal parts of Montenegro and Albania on Friday.
Parts of the Midwest and Northeastern states of the USA are expected to see their first snow showers of the season this weekend. Cold air is expected to push south across the Great Lakes by Saturday, reaching the northeast by Sunday, meaning that daytime temperatures are likely to be in single figures (Celsius), close to the average night-time temperatures for this time of year. This comes after some states recorded their warmest September on record. Some places may see snow showers, including parts of upstate New York and Pennsylvania. The snow is not expected to cause significant disruption and is likely to fall as sleet rather than snow in most urban areas but it will feel rather chilly!
There is also some active weather in the tropics, with Tropical Storm Koppu currently sitting over the western Pacific to the east of the Philippines. This storm puts the Philippines at risk of flooding and wind damage later this weekend as the storm moves westwards and strengthens to probably become a significant Typhoon by the end of the week. Current forecasts take Koppu into the northern part of the Philippines (Luzon) later this weekend, with heavy rainfall, very strong winds, high waves and a storm surge likely to have significant impacts.