Issued: 0530hrs Wednesday 18th January 2023
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Warm and sunny Greek islands and eastern Med
Unsettled conditions with heavy rain and significant snow over higher ground in northern Spain and Portugal. A few showers and breezy further south across Spain. Thundery bursts for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia. Heavy rain and hill snow for Italy and the Balkans, also into western mainland Greece. Scattered showers for the islands and into western Turkey.
Showery for north and western France, plus some rain and snow for southeast France and the Alps. Drier around the Low Countries and much of Germany. A band of snow is likely to affect Poland with areas of showers across many eastern countries.
Low pressure over Scandinavia sees areas of snowfall, most extensive over northern Sweden and Finland, showery further south into Denmark. Drier toward the west and north of Norway.
More wind and rain plus mountain snow moves into northern Iberia, but southern Spain and Portugal should be largely dry. Risk of showers for the Balearics. Low pressure over the central Mediterranean brings further downpours to Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. Heavy rain and hill snow for Italy, showery in the south. Rain and snow for the Balkans and western Greece too. Warm southerly winds for Turkey and the Greek islands.
Windy for the Alps and southern France, but mainly dry for Switzerland and Austria. Rain moves into western France. Scattered showers in northern France and Belgium, but more frequent wintry showers for the Netherlands. Mostly dry through Germany, Czechia and western Poland, but some more snow and rain in the east.
Snow becomes confined to the east of Finland, leaving Baltic regions drier and brighter but chilly. A few showers in Denmark the far west of Norway, otherwise plenty of dry weather for Scandinavia.