Every accident a rear-ender in Madrid on Monday as the first real autumn weather sees record traffic jams in Paris today, and a near-miss in the Netherlands.
AUTUMN WEATHER SPARKS CHAOS ACROSS EUROPE
First full week of October evidently a hotspot for European traffic jams.
A new report questions whether the weather is responsible for the increasing number of road traffic accidents in the UK (and by implication in the rest of Europe too).
It certainly had a major role to play in the huge traffic jams plaguing Europe so far this week.
In Madrid yesterday, the first major rainfall of the season saw jams lasting five hours in total and tailbacks of 30km.
Tellingly every accident was a rear-end collision reports El Pais, a classic scenario when the first rain after a dry patch brings oils back to the surface, making the roads – evidently – dangerously slippery.
Meanwhile the Paris region saw record queues this morning as a rain storm washed across northern France.
Cumulative jams reached an incredible 483km at 09:03, according to traffic monitor Sytadin, a little under half of what the entire country can expect on one of its notorious summer Black Saturdays.
Interestingly, the previous record of 450km was set almost exactly a year ago, on 7 October 2014.
That was a Tuesday too suggesting that the second day of the first full week of October is when the Continent really gets back into the swing after the summer.
(The date for next year is 4 October, by the way.)
Meanwhile, over in the Netherlands this year’s jam record was under threat as rain, and fog, saw combined jams total 428km at 08:17 according to traffic service VID.
That’s not far off this year’s peak of 472km, set in February during a snow storm.