EUROPE remains at the mercy of unsettled weather as Spain, Italy, and France are on high alert due to strong winds and heavy rain Storm Amelie is causing across the continent.
Spain’s government has issued 49 weather warnings across the country to remain in place between Monday and Tuesday, with northwest coastal areas La Coruna and Pontevedra on high alert for high waves. France’s weather service has issued an orange flood warning covering the Charente-Maritime region as persistent rains are forecast to batter the country throughout Monday into Tuesday. Italy suffered severe weather over the weekend, with firefighters in the northern region of Liguria forced to intervene as fishermen were stranded due to heavy rain and flooding.
Storm Amelie started to target the three European countries on Sunday, causing major disruption as the strong winds brought down trees into the roads.
The deluge provoked a widespread blackout across southwest France as water levels rising resulted in the flooding of entire towns and in as many as 14,000 homes.
Wind gusts reached over 100km/h (62 mph) in the Basque region of northern Spain as a woman died when a palm tree hit her as she walked down the road in Mallorca.
Almeria and Granada remain under a yellow weather warning throughout Monday into Tuesday due to expectedly strong winds and high waves.
Schools in Sestri Levante, Liguria, and Nocera and Mugnano, in the Naples province, remained closed on Monday as Italian weathercasters warned the stint of bad weather will continue into Tuesday and potentially expand to hit Tuscany and Piedmont.
Weather warnings are also set to remain in place in Rochefort-sur-Mer, Saint-Pierre-d’Oleron, La Rochelle and Royan in the Charente-Maritime region of France.
Europe is expected to experience a chilling 15C temperature drop over the coming week as Siberian winds move southward to engulf the continent
Al Jazeera Weather warned that a “European storm was expected to produce heavy snow across the Alps” from Sunday evening.
BBC Weather meteorologist Phil Avery said: “There will be very unsettled weather prospects across Europe this coming week.
“There are strong systems sweeping across northern parts of Europe. This one vigorous system has brought strong winds into the heart of France.
“On Monday, a disturbed weather system will strike the Costas, Iberia, and into the heart of France.
“There will be another very active system across northern parts of Germany, and to the north of it the skies are clear but my word, it’s cold and it’s turning colder.”
Mr Avery continued: “Some of the temperatures across Finland and the rest of Scandinavia are 10 to 15 degrees colder than we would expect this time of year.
“Europe, in general, will lose three to four degrees on average this week as we head deeper into winter.”
Computer forecast models suggest that this month could be the coldest since 2010, according to Weather Outlook.
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of Weathertrending said: “There are similarities between the current set-up and November 2010.”
If temperatures are under 4.9C (40.8F) (1.3C (34.3F) below normal, then this November will be the coldest since 2010, according to Met Office records.
There was an infamous “Big Freeze” in November 2010.