Issued: 0530hrs Friday 6th March 2015
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Windy for Scandinavia; wet in western Norway
Dry, warm and sunny for Spain and Portugal on Friday. Also dry and sunny for the Balearics. Plenty of sunshine too across France, Germany and the Alpine region as high pressure resides across central Europe. Variable cloud for Belgium and the Netherlands, although staying dry. Bright for northern Italy, and remaining windy with heavy rain in the south of Italy and also Sicily. Heavy and thundery rain for Greece and the southern Balkan states. Snow over the mountains, also affecting Bulgaria. Fair for Turkey and Cyprus. Eastern Europe is dry overall. Patchy rain for the Baltic states. Some snow for Finland. Dry but quite cloudy for Sweden and Denmark. Windy with heavy rain and mountain snow in western Norway.
High pressure continues to influence most of central Europe, bringing extensively dry and sunny weather. A warm day for Spain and Portugal on Saturday. Plenty of sunshine too for France, warmest toward the Biscay coast. Fair in the western Mediterranean. Dry and sunny for Switzerland and Austria. Likely to remain cool and unsettled for Italy, with showers in the south. Rain and mountain snow over the southern Balkan states and Bulgaria. Heavy bursts of rain and thunderstorms for Greece and western Turkey. Warm and dry for Cyprus. Eastern Europe stays dry and bright. Windy for Scandinavia. Patchy drizzle in Denmark and Sweden. Heavy rain continues for western Norway. Patchy rain and snow for Finland.