Summer heat will be making a comeback once again across a large part of Europe during the final days of August.
A ridge of high pressure building across the Balkans will have a firm grip on the area into the weekend and early next week, and the cooldown spreading across northern Europe will provide only brief heat relief.
The number of places throughout the Balkans enduring highs in the lower 30s C (lower 90s F) will progressively increase Friday into Saturday. Such heat will hold during the final days of August and into the start of September.
This includes in Belgrade, Bucharest and Budapest, where highs of 25 to 28 C (within a couple of degrees of 80 F) are more common in late August.
The scope of the sizzling dome of high pressure will not be confined to the Balkans but will encompass Spain and Portugal and will build northward for a time.
Highs will be back near 35 C (middle to upper 90s F) in Madrid and flirting with the 40-degree mark C (in the lower 100s F) in Cordoba Friday and this weekend.
While cooler air is spreading across northern Europe, that has not squashed the opportunity for summer heat to return. The next blast of heat will be right on the cooldown's heels.
The arrival of the heat will send temperatures soaring about 5 to 8 degrees C (8 to 16 degrees F) above the previous day's high in Paris (on Saturday), Berlin and Warsaw (on Sunday) and Kiev (on Monday).
That will cause temperatures to approach or reach 32 C (90 F) in each of these cities once again, when highs in the lower 20s C (lower 70s F) are more common.
Residents throughout Europe facing this next round of heat are urged to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest times of the day (midday and afternoon) to avoid suffering from heat exhaustion or stroke.
Remember never to leave children or pets in a sealed vehicle during the heat.
While persisting for several days in the Balkans, the heat will be limited to a couple of days in northern Europe due to another cold front. Eventually later in the week, the front and its cooling will work into the Balkans.
"The next cold front looks to bring substantial cooling next week," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani.
"The front will produce showers and thunderstorms," Sagliani continued. "At this time, the heaviest rain and greatest potential for flooding appears to set up in the Italian Alps."
"Otherwise, widespread severe weather is not expected, but we will monitor the situation for localized issues," he said.