Issued: 0530hrs Saturday 4th July 2015
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Thunderstorms developing Germany & southern Scandinavia
The heatwave continues across much of continental Europe this weekend, with the peak of the heat transferring eastwards. Plenty of sunshine for Spain and Portugal, where temperatures will rise to 40C in some southern areas. Isolated thunderstorms inland by late afternoon. Warm across the Mediterranean, and broadly staying dry and sunny for Italy and Greece, also Turkey. Risk an isolated shower for Corsica and Sardinia. Very warm for France, although north-western areas are not as hot as recent days. Thunderstorms are likely to break out across Belgium and the Netherlands. Temperatures will climb into the mid to high 30s Celsius for Germany, which will trigger one or two intense thunderstorms. Dry and hot in eastern Europe. Areas of thunderstorms near the Black Sea in Romania and Bulgaria. Dry and sunny for Scandinavia; warm in the south, cooler in the north. A few showers in southern Finland and eastern Sweden.
Staying very hot for most of Europe. Dry across Iberia. Once again climbing to over 40C in southern Spain, and well into the 30s for Portugal. Dry overall for the Mediterranean, and whilst it is warm in Greece, by comparison it is cooler than the central European heatwave. Dry for much of France, but there will be thunderstorms in the north. Cooler in north-west France. Storms will also affect the Low Countries again, also northern Germany and Denmark, becoming increasingly widespread during the afternoon. Some torrential rain will continue into the night across much of Germany. Thundery showers too for Swiss and Austrian Alps. Dry and hot for eastern Europe. Hot in southern Scandinavia, particularly Sweden, whilst thundery rain will affect southern Norway. Dry for Finland, much of Sweden and the Baltic states.