Issued: 0530hrs Saturday 3rd December 2016
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Cold in east, very cold far north
Low pressure to the west of Iberia pushes fronts into Portugal, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds. Heavy rain will increasingly extend into western Spain, although eastern areas will be dry and warm. Much of the Mediterranean remains fair, although a risk of isolated showers. Temperatures 12 to 16C in Italy, broken cloud and some sun. Chilly but dry inland across south-eastern Europe, although up to 15C for the Greek islands.
High pressure extends across central and northern Europe, bringing plenty of dry weather. A cool easterly breeze for France. Plenty of sunshine for Germany and the Low Countries, but starting frosty and some fog patches possible. Dry across the Alps. Cold for north-eastern Europe, with a north-westerly breeze, bringing snow showers into the Baltic states and northern Poland. Dry for much of Norway and Sweden, but showers in the far north-west. Very cold for northern Scandinavia, daytime temperatures below -10C inland.
Low pressure to the south-west of Europe brings an unsettled day to southern parts of Spain and Portugal, with thundery showers or some prolonged heavy rain. Northern parts of Iberia will escape somewhat drier and brighter. An east to south-easterly breeze affect the western Mediterranean and much of France. Mainly dry for Italy, highs 15 to 18C in the south.
A few showers across the Mediterranean, locally merging into clusters of thunderstorms around southern Greece and Turkey. Cold across eastern Europe, widely staying sub-zero in Belarus and Ukraine. A few snow flurries in northern Romania.
High pressure extends across central Europe. Dry, bright and chilly in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. An easterly breeze for the Low Countries, cool at 5C. Low pressure over northern Scandinavia brings relatively milder air from the west, but will result in a period of snow for northern areas. Snow spreads increasingly across Finland. Heavy rain and mountain snow for west & north-western Norway.