Issued: 0530hrs Friday 29th July 2016
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Heat and some thunder eastern Europe
High pressure is situated over the Atlantic around the Azores, whilst low pressure is a broad and shallow feature over northern Europe. Slack pressure for central and southern areas. Heat continues across Spain and Portugal, again over 40C inland. Dry conditions extend across much of south-western Europe, including France, Italy and the western Mediterranean. Hot for southern France, whilst the north remains in a fresher westerly airflow.
Fresh conditions also extend across the Low Countries and Germany, where there will be a scattering of showers. The western Alps are likely to be dry, but local thundery showers will break out for Austria, and also the Balkan countries. Thundery rain becomes more widespread for Poland, moving eastwards. Areas around the Black Sea will be dry and hot, 32 to 35C. Greece and the Aegean Sea will also be largely dry. Scandinavia will see slow moving areas of rain, mainly focused on south-western Norway, and also northern areas. Mainly dry and warm around the Baltic Sea, highs 24C in eastern Sweden, also Finland.
Remaining hot across Iberia, into the mid-high 30s or locally over 40C inland for southern Spain. A moderate northerly breeze for coastal areas in Portugal. Risk an afternoon shower in northern Spain and into central southern France.
Fair weather extends widely across the Mediterranean, with plenty of warm sunshine, well into the 30s Celsius for Italy, Greece and the Balkan states. Risk of thunderstorms over the Alps. Fresher conditions for northern France, highs 22 to 24C. Relatively fresh temperatures also extend across the Low Countries and Germany, risk of scattered showers. Mainly dry for Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, temperatures ranging from 24 to 28C. Hotter in Hungary, nearer 33C.
Low pressure across Scandinavia brings slow moving areas of rain to Norway and Sweden, mainly central-northern regions, whilst southern areas will be bright and breezy. Showery for Finland and the Baltic states.