Europe – Cold wave - DG ECHO Daily Map | 02/03/2018

SITUATION OVERVIEW as of 2 March

  • An intense cold outbreak with very low temperatures and locally intense precipitation (rainfalls/snowfalls) affected most of Europe during last week, causing at least 50 deaths. The cold Arctic air has gradually started retreating initially from western and then from the eastern areas. In the meantime, an intense low-pressure system (Storm Emma) has already started affecting the western European areas.

  • Over the next 48 hours, the very cold air is expected to continue retreating to the east allowing temperatures to rise whereas local precipitation phenomena (rain / snow / freezing rain / thunderstorms) are forecast to prevail over western, central and southern Europe.