Temperatures could reach -15C next week

Snow, frost and nasty wind. According to meteorologists, the “Beast from the East”, as it is nicknamed due to the rapid cooling caused by the arctic air, is likely to strike the Czech Republic as well.

According to preliminary forecasts, in parts of the country, temperatures could drop to -22 degrees Celsius overnight, while during the day, the highest temperatures are expected to reach only -15 degrees Celsius.

The upcoming weather period, while disruptive for some, is not expected to be as cold as early March 2018, although there is still a bitter wind chill.

“As of Friday, the weather in the Czech Republic will start to affect the distinctive frontal interface, which will separate the cold polar air from the north from the warm spring air from southern Europe,” said meteorologist Dagmar Honsová.

According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, next week is also expected to see snow, and not just in mountainous areas.

What is the Beast from the East?

The “beast from the east” is a phrase used to describe cold, wintry conditions caused by easterly winds.

When the pressure is high, the Czech Republic tends to experience a polar continental air mass.

When this happens in winter, cold air is sucked in from the Eurasian landmass, bringing on the cold, wintry conditions that give rise to the nickname “Beast from the East.”

Also called “Siberian Bear” in Holland, “Snow Cannon” in Sweden and “Moscow-Paris” in France, in 2018 it brought freezing temperatures and snow from Romanian Black Sea ports to Catalonia in Spain and Corsica and Biarritz in France. Naples, Italy, has seen the most snow since 1956.

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