Croatia Braces for Late April Snow as Europe's Extreme Weather Continues

Extreme weather grips Europe: Unseasonable snow and frost in late April cause havoc, highlighting the growing impact of climate change.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Croatia Braces for Late April Snow as Europe's Extreme Weather Continues

Croatia Braces for Late April Snow as Europe's Extreme Weather Continues

Croatia is expected to see snow in the coming days, even as temperatures are forecasted to rise starting Friday, April 23, 2024. The unusual late-April cold snap is part of a pattern of extreme weather that has gripped much of Europe this month.

Climatologist Maximiliano Herrera described April 2024 as "the most extreme month ever seen in Europe," with the continent experiencing a drastic flip from record-breaking summer-like temperatures to late-April cold records and frost. In Slovenia, temperatures plummeted from 27.2°C to just 1°C in a single day.

The cold weather has had a significant impact on agriculture across Europe, with fruit trees and vineyards particularly affected. Winemakers have been fighting to protect their crops from the damaging frost. On the morning of April 23, residents in many areas, including Finland, Germany, and Croatia, woke up to a blanket of snow - a rare sight for this time of year.

Why this matters: The extreme and unpredictable weather patterns in Europe this April highlight the growing impact of climate change on the continent. The rapid temperature swings and unseasonable cold have far-reaching consequences for agriculture, the economy, and the daily lives of millions of Europeans.

Despite the current cold snap, a return to warmer temperatures is expected across much of Europe by April 28 and 29. However, the damage caused by the frost and snow may have lasting effects on crops and the agricultural sector.

Key Takeaways

  • Croatia to see snow despite rising temps starting April 23, 2024.
  • April 2024 described as "most extreme month ever seen in Europe".
  • Drastic temperature swings from record heat to late-April cold in Europe.
  • Extreme weather impacts agriculture, economy, and daily life across Europe.
  • Damage to crops and agriculture sector may have lasting effects.