Issued: 0530hrs Wednesday 18th June 2012
Duty forecaster: John Ejdowski
Hot across Iberia and southern Europe
Dry, hot and sunny across Portugal, Spain, the Balearics and eastward across Corsica, Sardinia into Italy, Greece and Turkey. This fine weather extends up across Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania. Frequent, and heavy showers with the risk of thunder are expected across Sweden, Austria, the Baltic States into Belarus, will Ukraine and Russia. Sunny across Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic and very warm. Mostly cloudy across Belgium, Holland and Denmark with showers and spells of rain and this will extend across the northern half of Germany. Southern Germany looks dry and mostly sunny. Scattered showers and sunny spells are expected across Norway with most of Finland fair and dry. Strong north winds will be blowing down through the Aegean Sea while gale force easterly winds prevail through the Straits of Gibraltar.
For today a number of showers will affect England, northern France, Belgium, Holland and all of Germany down across the Alps with the risk of scattered thunderstorms there. Rain clears Denmark to heavy showers with heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms forecast for the northern half of Poland. Persistent and heavy rain is expected across Sweden today. Heavy showers forecast across Norway and Finland. Here also expect sunny spells. Expect a good deal of dry weather from southern Poland down through, Austria, into Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and the former Yugoslavia. Continued very hot and sunny across Portugal and Spain and across into the Balearics, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Hot and sunny as well across southern parts of France today with heavy showers across the Alpine region along with thunderstorms. Those strong winds from the north will continue blowing down on the Black Sea through into the Aegean Sea while a brisk east wind prevails through the Straits of Gibraltar