Issued: 0530hrs Friday 24th October 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Central Europe dry, unsettled Scandinavia
A fine and warm day for Spain and Portugal, with best sunshine toward the south giving very warm temperatures. Dry and sunny in central and southern France and pleasantly warm. Cloud and rain affects northern France, and also extends across Belgium and the Netherlands. Dry for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, with variable amounts of cloud. Breezy but dry for northern Italy, showers for southern Italy. Low pressure brings heavy rain and thunderstorms to Greece, plus western and southern Turkey, accompanied by gusty winds. Chilly easterly winds affect eastern Europe, with rain for northern Romania, and the risk of snow over high ground. Cool but dry in Poland. Unsettled in Scandinavia, with a brisk southerly wind in Sweden and Finland. Periods of persistent rain spreading from the south-west across Denmark, Sweden and Norway, turning to snow in the far north.
Heavy rain continues to affect Greece, western Turkey and also Bulgaria overnight and into Saturday, with easterly gales across the Black Sea. Flooding may be a concern in this region, whilst snow may fall on mountainous areas. Meanwhile, dry conditions extend across much of central and south-western Europe. Dry with sunshine for Spain and Portugal, again very warm in the south. Dry also for central and southern France, the Alpine region and Italy. Cloudy and a little patchy rain for northern parts of France and Germany. Dry but cool again in Poland. Blustery and unsettled in Scandinavia, with frequent rain in western Norway, and pulses of showers for Sweden and Finland, turning wintry in the north. Southerly winds nearing gale force in the Baltic.