Issued: 0530hrs Friday 18th April 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Rain and thundery showers widespread in southern Europe
A warm day across Spain and Portugal on Friday, with plenty of sunshine. The risk though of thunderstorms breaking out in central and western areas of Spain and also Portugal by afternoon and evening. France is looking fairly cloudy, with a little rain in the north and east. Warmer towards the south and west. Italy is generally dry, but thundery rain in the south later. Greece, Turkey and the Balkan states are unsettled with slow moving thundery bursts of rain. Rain also affects Germany and eastern parts of the Czech Republic as a cold front pushes south, moving into Switzerland and Austria with some snow over the Alps. A few showers in Denmark and southern Sweden, but much of Norway and Sweden are dry and fine. Windy in the far north with some rain.
Low pressure dominates central and southern Europe on Saturday with showers and thunderstorms quite widespread. Spain is likely to see storms in central areas, although the south coast and Balearics should be dry and warm. A few showers in northern Portugal. Showers or longer periods of thundery rain in Italy, Greece and Turkey. Some snow in the Swiss Alps, and a few showers in Austria. France is cloudy with a few showers, with an easterly wind affecting Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Feeling warm with sunshine in northern parts of Germany and Poland, also fine in Denmark. High pressure over Scandinavia, with light winds and fair conditions. Again, northern Norway is windy with rain and snow showers.