Issued: 0530hrs Sunday 24th January 2021
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
An unsettled spell of weather for many across southern Europe
Showers spread over Spain and Portugal on Sunday, mainly affecting northern and western areas. Drier elsewhere. Wet and windy across Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily and much of Italy where there will be heavy outbreaks of rain, turning to snow over higher ground here. These tend to clear east through the afternoon. Rain becomes heavier and more widespread across western Greece. Largely dry bar some scattered showers for Turkey.
Outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow spread across France on Sunday. Rain first thing across the Low Countries will soon clear to allow for a dry but cold day here. Snow pushes into the Belgium later. Cloudy with patchy outbreaks of sleet and snow across Germany and Poland. Some snow showers for Switzerland and Austria. Heavier and more persistent snow over Switzerland later.
Weak high pressure building across Scandinavia will bring mainly dry conditions to Norway and Sweden. Finland, however, will see cloudier skies and snow showers to the north and a mix of rain, sleet and snow to the south. Rain, sleet and snow expected through the Baltic States too. A cloudy but largely dry day for Denmark, just a few scattered wintry showers about.
Patchy outbreaks of rain spread from the northwest across much of Portugal, Spain and the Balearic Islands on Monday. Corsica, Sardinia, Italy and Sicily too see patchy outbreaks of rain spread from north to south. This turns to sleet and snow over the Appennines and clears to leave a dry and fine day in the north.
Early snow clears from eastern France to leave a mostly dry and fine day here. Another band of patchy rain, sleet and snow arrives to the northwest later however and spreads across the Low Countries too. Snow for southern Germany while the rest of the country stays mostly dry but cloudy. Mostly dry and cloudy too with isolated snow showers for much of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria. Heavier snow falls over eastern Poland.
Mostly dry and fine for Norway and Sweden with good spells of sun for southern Norway. An area of snowfall spreads across Finland and into northeastern parts of Sweden later. Early wintry showers clear north from western parts of the Baltic States before an area of heavier and more persistent snow arrives from the south later. Mostly cloudy with scattered wintry showers in Denmark.