Issued: 0530hrs Wednesday 4th May 2016
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Fine through much of central Europe, heavy showers in west & east Mediterranean
High pressure extends across central-northern Europe, whilst low pressure is to the south-east. Another very warm day for Spain and Portugal, widely 25 to 30C. Risk of thunderstorms toward the south-west of Iberia, but most of the region stays dry. A brisk easterly breeze for central France and the Alps. Dry with plenty of sunshine across France, the Low Countries and Germany. Fair weather also extends across Scandinavia.
Northern Italy is dry and warm, but scattered thunderstorms may break out in southern Italy. Thundery rain will be widespread across south-eastern Europe, affecting mainland Greece, the Balkans and areas around the Black Sea, extending to Austria, Hungary and central-eastern Poland. The Greek Islands should remain largely dry, although Cyprus has a risk of thunderstorms.
Heavy showers across Portugal and western Spain, these thundery at times. Scattered showers further east but sunny spells here too. Good spells of sunshine in the Balearics as well as much of Italy, although there will be some scattered showers in the far south. Heavy showers affecting Greece. More widespread showers and rain in Turkey and this could be heavy.
Fine with plenty of sunshine in France today. Staying dry and sunny across the Low Countries and Germany as well as much of Poland, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. An odd shower may affect eastern Poland.
Plenty of sunshine and dry weather in Sweden. Apart from a scattered showers, the Baltic States and western Russia. Sweden is likely to be dry and fine with plenty of sunshine. Most of Norway also dry, but cloud and showers in the west and windier here as well.