Issued: 0530hrs Friday 23rd March 2018
Duty forecaster: Matthew Hugo
Often unsettled and rather changeable weather conditions will continue across much of Europe through Friday and into Saturday and still rather cold for late March too
Into Friday and low pressure will be the dominant feature of the weather across most areas of Europe, particularly across the British Isles and into France where some wet and windy weather may well develop across more northern and western areas of France through the day. Cold and wintry conditions continue across much of Scandinavia with some prolonged snow expected through the day across parts of Finland and Sweden and perhaps spreading down into Poland and some other eastern areas of Europe too. Low pressure also develop across Spain and Portugal bringing rain or showers here and cool temperatures, while low pressure also dominates through much of the Med bringing rain or showers, perhaps with some downpours across Italy and eastwards into Greece and surrounding countries too.
Through into Saturday and low pressure will maintain unsettled weather across much of France and down into Spain with rain or showers here and still quite windy. A ridge of high pressure will, however, bring somewhat better weather to Portugal with some dry and sunny weather here. Low pressure and weather fronts will move into much of Scandinavia bringing a signifcant snowfall event to more central and northern areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland, but with rain more likely across southern areas of Scandinavia and also across Denmark too. Low pressure remains slow moving through much of the Med, even affecting parts of N Africa too with rain or showers here with some particularly unusually unsettled weather across Morocco and the far north of Algeria. Low pressure will also maintain a risk of rain or showers across more central and eastern areas of the Med too. Some of the best conditions through Saturday will be across more eastern areas of Europe as a weak area of high pressure brings more settled, drier weather with some sunshine across parts of the Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and northern areas of Romania for example.