The weather front that caused the latest European floods, one of the worst weather catastrophes in modern European history, is moving slowly towards the southeast of Europe.
This is what the meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) said on Friday evening.
”The so-called ”cold lake” that caused the widespread floods in Germany and Belgium is gradually moving away from central Europe toward the southeast, meteo.gr said in its latest forecast.
By Sunday afternoon, the epicenter of this weather front will be in the south of Italy affecting the Ionian Sea and the western shores of Greece with strong southerly winds.
According to Greek meteorologists of the NOA, this atmospheric disturbance will bring heavy rain and storms in the eastern Alps in Austria, as well as in the western parts of the Balkan Peninsula. The areas that are expected to be affected the most are Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
Italy is also expected to be hit hard by heavy rainfall on Sunday too.
Will this weather front affect Greece?
The answer to this question is yes; however, the forecast is not clear yet about the level of rainfall that is expected in Greece in the coming three to five days.
What meteorologists know so far is that Greece won’t see heavy rainfall during the weekend. Only parts of the northern and central mainland are going to see some rainfall, but nothing extraordinary or unseasonal.
However, the forecast shows that from the beginning of next week, the weather pattern in Greece will change. The sunshine and high temperatures that have been prevailing for days will give way to unstable weather, with widespread storms across the country.
The NOA is expected to issue a new forecast in the coming hours and days, with much more detail about the regions that are expected to be affected the most.
The slow moving persistent upper-level low that brought the long-lasting intense rainfall which caused the deadly #flooding in Germany & many parts of W Europe this week can be clearly in satellite imagery. First this loop of Airmass RGB & @HydroSAF precip rate 1/2 pic.twitter.com/dbOVRJjCfS
— EUMETSAT Users (@eumetsat_users) July 16, 2021
European floods: Death toll continues to rise
In the meantime, the situation in western Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland continues to be critical.
A total of 157 people have now been declared dead in the floods that have ravaged these areas.
Along with the German death toll of 133, at least 24 individuals are now known to have succumbed to the floodwaters in Belgium.
Wide parts of central and western Europe are inundated with floodwaters, with rescue crews combing all devastated areas in a desperate search to find survivors.
Deluges of rains have made rivers burst their banks and wash away roads, cover entire villages and sweep away vehicles. Media reports from Germany say that at least 1,300 people are still missing.
Streets and homes in the Netherlands and Switzerland were also inundated by the raging waters.
Extreme rainfall has caused devastating #flooding in #Germany. In this satellite video loop showing cloud thickness the red areas are deep cloud layers which delivered the extreme heavy rain across the region.
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 16, 2021