Athens +22,0°C, only 3,3°C below all-time winter record! 140 km/h winds in Makarska and EF1 tornado in Mugla, Turkey!
Spring 2022 is slowly coming to Balkan, and although, morning frosts are forecast to return, extremely warm temperature records appeared already in parts, where Winter 2021/2022 in the last weeks hit in full power – mainly in Greece.
Moreover, the next interesting records from a wider region are coming, including life-threatening winds in Makarska, Croatia, or EF1 tornado in Mugla, western Turkey.
On 21. February 2022, +22,0°C was after a persisting cold winter measured in Athens, Greece, which is almost at levels of December and January all-time temperature records for the city and 3,3°C below all-time February record from late February days.
Temperatures above +20,0°C in the last days appeared in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, or even Austria (Graz reported +22,1°C – an all-time February record, too /European summary here: https://mkweather.com/tropical-30c-in-winter-spain-reported-289c-in-xativa-an-official-record-and-296c-in-sumacarcer-an-unofficial-record//.
Not so far, we reported the worst winter conditions from the region in decades /https://mkweather.com/the-worst-blizzard-in-greece-since-1968-athens-50-cm-istanbul-turkey-36-cm-of-snow-florina-173c-and-a-rare-tornado-near-a-snow-covered-island/; https://mkweather.com/frozen-sea-near-sagiada-greece-after-181c-temperatures-in-lower-elevated-valleys/; https://mkweather.com/mykonos-tinos-naxos-cyclades-in-greece-report-rare-snowfall-minimum-temperature-04c-maximum-temperature-32c-in-mykonos/; https://mkweather.com/a-historic-siberian-winter-in-balkan-montenegro-with-an-all-time-national-record-kosanica-334c/; https://mkweather.com/a-peak-of-winter-2021-2022-in-balkan-karajukica-bunari-serbia-311c/; https://mkweather.com/thermal-waterfall-in-toplita-romania-frozen-for-the-first-time-in-recent-years/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thermal-waterfall-in-toplita-romania-frozen-for-the-first-time-in-recent-years/.
Currently, despite arriving warm spells, temporary cold air masses should make in southern parts of Europe still big problems, e.g. during a current bora event in Croatia.
The 3rd level of warnings and 140 km/h wind gusts in Makarska were on 22. February 2022 valid / measured.
Collision of cold air with warm air masses above western Turkey even caused an EF1 tornado even in Mugla region /more here: https://eswd.eu//.
Above northern Africa, extremely hot air masses are currently creating, which should mean extreme early-season heatwaves in parts of the Mediterranean, or south-continental Europe until early April 2022 /https://mkweather.com/in-northern-africa-are-creating-extremely-hot-air-masses-in-march-2022-they-should-hit-europe-senegal-424c-mali-415c-algeria-347c/; https://mkweather.com/nao-leading-pattern-minimally-until-1-april-2022/; https://mkweather.com/hot-and-dry-march-cold-and-stormy-april-and-may-long-term-forecast-for-europe-sees-a-return-of-cold-and-weather-patterns//.
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