Issued: 0530hrs Monday 19th March 2018
Duty forecaster: Matthew Hugo
Often unsettled across most of Europe through Monday and Tuesday as low pressure dominates and with highly varied temperatures
During Monday and, overall many northern areas of Europe will continue to be very cold for the latter half of March with further below average temperatures across the British Isles, Norway, Sweden and Finland where some significant snowfall are possible. Equally, many central areas of Europe will remain cold as well, while some longer spells of snow develop across parts of Poland and more eastern areas of Europe. Low pressure will, however, continue to be slow moving through central areas of the Med, bringig further unsettled weather with rain and showers across Iberia, eastwards into Italy where downpours are possible. Some heavy showers are possible across Cyprus and Greece as well but it will remain very mild here, if not rather warm.
Into Tuesday and, overall, it is low pressure that will dominate the weather across most of Europe, but with the exception of the British Isles where it will be more settled. Elsewhere though and a lot of unsettled weather is forecast with widespread rain and showers through Iberia, eastwards towards Italy and with some significant snowfall expected in the Alps too. Low pressure dominates over Greece, bringing some thundery downpours, while many eastern areas of Europe, including Slovakia and Romania are also unsettled too with some rain or showers and rather cold. Very cold weather is forecast across France for the time of year given a NE'ly wind and this also making much of Iberia particularly cold as well.