Issued: 0530hrs Tuesday 11th March 2014
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Fair for much of central Europe, rain to the far north
The settled weather pattern continues across most of Europe today with dry weather and sunny spells extending all the way from Spain across into France, Germany, Poland eastward through the Baltic States, all western Russia and the Ukraine. Most of Finland will also be dry today.
Apart from some snow showers around north western coasts of Norway. Heavy outbreaks of snow are forecast for northern Russia. Much more unsettled across southeast Europe. Outbreaks of rain will affect Greece with some sleet and snow in the north and across Bulgaria. Heavy showers are forecast south of Greece and eastward across Crete into Cyprus and western Turkey with snow showers across eastern Turkey.
Most of Italy today should be dry with occasional showers from the Balearics towards Sicily. A dry day to come with sunny spells across England, Belgium, Holland and Denmark. Most of the Adriatic Region and the rest of the Balkans will also be fair and dry. The strong easterly winds will continue to blow through the Straits of Gibraltar.
A fair day through POrtugal with good spells of sunshine on Wednesday. There is a risk of some showers in more eastern parts of Spain, and these could be heavy at times. Heavy showers in the Balearics too. Dry and fair for Italy with sunny spells here. More sunshine for Greece, although some showers affecting central and northern Turkey.
A fine day across France with more sunshine here. Staying dry with sunny spells for the Low Countries and Germany as well as Poland. Fair for most of Austria, Hungary and Switzerland.
High pressure brings another fair day to the UK and Ireland. Denmark will be staying dry with sunny spells. Dry too across the Baltic States. Cloud and some rain in central and northern Norway and Sweden. Some rain affecting Finland, where it will be breezy too.