The storm of Philomena, due to which Madrid was paralyzed by snow last week, is moving across the Mediterranean, has already covered the eastern parts of the Balkans and continues through Serbia towards Greece and Turkey.
Due to Philomena, an unprecedented amount of snow fell in Madrid, and the temperature dropped to a record -36 degrees.
It was the first snow in Madrid in the last 10 years, and it attacked about half a meter. The capital of Spain has not noticed so much snow in the last 50 years. At the same time, the monthly amount of rain fell in Gibraltar in just two days.
Meteorologist and columnist of the Croatian portal Indeks, Dunja Maz, says that in recent years, the rule has been established that hurricanes should be renamed even when they come to Europe as extratropical cyclones, and the names are given to the countries that are the first to be hit.
– But, whether I called that cyclone Philomena or not, the fact is that it is the same system, although in the meantime, passing through the Mediterranean, it has undergone several changes. He has now reached the Ionian and Aegean Seas and continues further east. It will bring unusual precipitation to those parts, primarily to Turkey, but also to a part of Greece – says Dunja Mraz.
He adds that these are relatively unusual situations for this part of the world, but reminds that in the last winters there were already strong storms that brought unprecedented snows to the southern parts of Europe, and even to the north of Africa.
Dunja Mraz states that the relocation of this cyclonic system to the east from the west will cause the withdrawal of cold air from the north, from the Arctic Circle, to the south, and that this extremely cold ice wave is expected in Croatia as well.
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