Issued: 0530hrs Saturday 30th January 2015
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Strong winds for Iberia, also Greece & Turkey
A broad area of low pressure influences the whole of Europe on Saturday, with several different areas of fronts and troughs bringing widespread unsettled conditions. In the middle of the low, central areas of Europe are drier and brighter. Lots of showers for Spain and Portugal, particularly close to the Biscay coast, frequently banding together for several hours. A cold front sweeps south-east into the Mediterranean, bringing a period of heavy rain to southern Spain and the Balearics, plus Sardinia. Heavy rain for southern Italy, including Sicily, Greece and western Turkey. Chilly and showery for France and the Low Countries. Germany and Switzerland are cloudy and cold, with clusters of snow showers. Drier and brighter for Austria and the Czech Republic. Areas of snow and rain push eastwards into eastern Europe, affecting areas around the Black Sea, although it will be quite mild as southerly winds introduce warmer air from the Mediterranean. Periods of heavy snow and rain for Sweden, although Norway is drier and brighter. Strong easterly winds for Finland, with snow in the south. Cold in the far north of Scandinavia.
High pressure west of Iberia brings a brighter day for Portugal. Showery rain or mountain snow affects northern Spain and the Pyrenees region. Showers affect France, and it will feel cool. Unsettled and windy in the Mediterranean as low pressure remains in charge. Frequent pulses of rain affecting the islands, and also Italy. Heavy rain and snow for the Balkan states and Greece. Windy in Turkey and the Greek Islands, although mostly dry and quite warm. Dry and warm for Cyprus. Cloudy, cool but relatively benign conditions for Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland, with low cloud, and occasional snow flurries. Unsettled across Scandinavia, with showers for Denmark, and a mix of snow and rain spreading north across Sweden, Finland and eastern Norway. Drier toward the west of Norway, and south of Sweden.