Issued: 0530hrs Saturday 26th December 2020
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Wind and rain spreads from northwest
Fair across Portugal and Spain with plenty of sunshine and dry weather too. Fine for the Balearics. Rain through Corsica and Sardinia with heavy periods of rain in Italy. Rain in western Greece, dry in the east. Plenty of sunshine across Turkey, a few showers in the west.
Fine across France with plenty of sunshine. Fair too in the Low Countries. Breezy in northern Germany but dry with sunshine for most of the country. Poland will be dry with more sunshine. Hungary and Austria as well as Switzerland should be dry.
Breezy with sunny spells in Denmark. The Baltic States should be fair with more sunshine. Finland will be dry and cold. Mostly fair across Sweden. Unsettled for Norway with rain, sleet and snow, windy too.
Low pressure dominates across northwest Europe, and cold air moves into northern France behind a cold front, which brings heavy rain for several hours. Rain spreads southeastwards through France and into northern Spain. Windy across a large part of west and northern continental Europe, gales or severe gales in places from northern Spain to central France, Germany and the Alps.
Low pressure over the central Mediterranean brings heavy rain to southern Italy, Greece and the southern Balkan states. Elsewhere around the Mediterranean it will be dry with some sunshine. Fairly warm in southern Spain and Portugal.
Mild southerly winds affect Scandinavia, risk of gales for Denmark and Norway, plus heavy rain and snow for southern Norway. Snow spreads across much of Sweden and southern Finland. Staying very cold toward the far north.