Issued: 0530hrs Wednesday 19th February 2020
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Areas of rain and showers central-northern Europe
High pressure over Spain and Portugal brings another fair day, although there's a chance of showers in the far south around Gibraltar. Blustery winds for southern France, plus Corsica and Sardinia. Areas of showers for Italy. Scattered showers for Balkan coasts, but much of southeast Europe will be dry.
Northern-central Europe is unsettled, with areas of rain and heavy showers passing east across Germany, Poland and the western Alps, snow over the mountains. Showery for central-northern France and the Low countries, although tending to fade. Dry for Slovakia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Areas of rain for southern Scandinavia with brisk westerly winds here. Slack pressure over Norway and Sweden, with light winds and sunny spells. A few showers around western coasts of Norway. Some snow for Finland. Cold northerly winds in the far north of Scandinavia.
High pressure over southern Europe maintains fair and warm weather for Spain, southern France and Italy. A front approaching from the Atlantic brings thickening cloud to northwest Spain and Portugal, with patchy rain developing. Some rain also moves into northwest France, becoming heavy for a time as a cold front moves through. Brisk southwesterly winds for the Low Countries and northern Germany with patchy rain turning heavy later. Largely dry around the Alps.
Low pressure centred over Greece and western Turkey brings cloud and rain to this part of the world, and cool temperatures. Areas of rain and mountain snow for Romania and Bulgaria. A few showers scattered across Eastern Europe.
Southwesterly winds push mild air right across Scandinavia. Areas around the Baltic will be generally dry, but fronts move in from the west to bring heavy rain to southern Norway, Denmark and later Sweden. Risk of gales around North Sea coasts.