Issued: 0530hrs Wednesday 11th January 2017
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Sunny and warm south-west; Wet in Greece
Largely dry for Iberia, with warm sunshine for southern Spain and Portugal, temperatures up to 18C in the south. Mainly dry too for southern France and Italy, although showers are likely toward Sicily. Unsettled with heavy rain for Greece. Dry and cold for the Balkans. Heavy snow for parts of Romania. Elsewhere across eastern Europe it is dry, but it stays cold - temperatures widely below freezing.
A deep area of low pressure centred around Norway brings strong winds to northern Europe, gales around southern Scandinavia. A frontal system moves quickly across the Low Countries, Germany and France, bringing squally bursts of rain and gusty winds. Snow is likely on the leading edge of this system as it moves across central Europe. Fairly mild around the Biscay coast, 12 to 14C, although cloudy with spots of rain. Much of the Alps will have a fine day, but snow is likely to develop in Switzerland later. Periods of heavy rain and snow for Norway and southern Sweden.
Plenty of sunny weather across the Mediterranean, Spain and Portugal. Chance of isolated showers around Corsica and Sardinia. A brighter day for Greece , whilst rain and snow moves east into Turkey. Dry and bright for much of south-eastern Europe, but staying cold. Snow showers in the Alps should fade.
A brisk westerly wind across central-northern Europe brings showers to Germany and Poland, these falling as snow in many areas. A zone of heavy rain spreads into northern France from the north-west. Squally snow showers for southern Scandinavia, but lighter winds and some bright weather in central Norway & Sweden. Cloudy and cold with snow flurries for Finland and the Baltic states.