Issued: 0530hrs Friday 22nd February 2019
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Heavy snow Romania, Ukraine, Balkan mountains
High pressure centred around the southern Baltic promotes a warm southerly airflow across western Europe. Dry, warm and sunny, with top temperatures reaching 20 to 23C or locally higher for Spain, Portugal and southern France. Dry weather prevails around much of the Mediterranean. A few showers around Cyprus and later Greece.
A fresher east/northeasterly breeze affects central-eastern Europe, with low pressure moving southeast toward the Black Sea. A period of rain turning to snow affects Ukraine and Romania, clearing from Poland in the morning. Patchy rain for Hungary and the northern Balkans, with snow over the mountains. Some snow also for the Austrian Alps. Early patchy snow and rain for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Showery rain for east and southeast Germany, but dry toward the west and north, also dry for the Low Countries. Fair weather for Denmark, Sweden and Finland. A risk of freezing rain and mountain snow moving across Norway on brisk southwesterly winds.
High pressure stays centred around Poland, and broadly influences Europe with plenty of fair weather, and warm in the west. Sunshine for France, Spain and Portugal, with tempertaures topping 20C, or nearer 25C toward the Algarve. Mild and dry weather extends across the Low Countries and western Germany.
Chillier air affects eastern Europe, near or below freezing in many countries from Poland to Romania and Ukraine. Cold winds affect Greece and Turkey, with rain and snow - a risk of heavy snowfalls over higher terrain. Strong winds affect Italy and the southern Adriatic with low pressure centred over the eastern Mediterranean.
Southern Scandinavia will be dry and fairly mild, whilst a brisk westerly wind affects northern Norway bringing showery conditions. Much less cold than recent days for northern Scandinavia, lifting above freezing, up to 5 to 7C in eastern Sweden and Finland.