Issued: 0530hrs Tuesday 17th April 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Eastern Europe sees the best of the sunshine
Windy with gales and rain across Britain and northern France. Most of central and southern parts of France will be dry with sunny spells. Fair and dry across Belgium and Holland with showers across Denmark. Snow showers will affect northern parts of Poland with heavy snow showers across Norway and Sweden. Heavy show is forecast for Finland with an area of rain across Russia into Belarus, the western Ukraine across Romania. Expect a mix of rain and snow showers across the former Yugoslavia with heavy showers and thunderstorms from Sardinia across Italy into Greece and Bulgaria. A dry day to come across all of Turkey today. Mainly dry as well across Switzerland, Austria and Hungry. Lots of sunshine is expected across Spain, Portugal and across the Balearics. Apart from a few showers in the south, much of Germany looks fine and dry.
A cool and showery day across much of Spain and Portugal. Most of the showers will be through more northern and western areas where some of the, could be heavy. Less towards the south and east but feeling cool here. Rain for the north and west of France with strong winds, a few showers to the south. There will be further heavy showers and bands of rain pushing east through the Low Countries and into Germany and Poland during the day. Switzerland and Austria may have cloud and some showery rain, but Hungary should be dry.
A fair day to come through Italy with sunny spells here, although showers will be affecting the northwest. Low pressure brings strong winds and some outbreaks of rain through Greece, these spreading east through Turkey; windy here too.
Further north high pressure brings a fine day to the Baltic States, with showers affecting Finland. Denmark, southern Sweden and southern Norway will be cloudy with some outbreaks of rain or showers at times, but the north should be fair with sunny spells.