Issued: 0530hrs Wednesday 16th September 2020
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Thundery showers affecting central Europe as wel as southern Italy and western Greece
A cloudier day for much of Iberia as an area of low pressure lies just west of the peninsula. Outbreaks of rain spread across Portugal and southern Spain later in the day. Staying mostly dry and bright for the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia and Italy though afternoon thunderstorms may bubble up here. Dry, very warm and sunny for Greece and Turkey.
Although pressure generally stays high over much of central Europe, it will be a cloudier day for most countries. There will still be some good spells of sunshine across France, the Low Countries, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Afternoon showers are also expected to develop, these locally thundery, especially over the Alpine regions.
An area of low pressure passes eastward over Norway, Sweden and Finland on Wednesday bringing outbreaks of rain and strong winds to southern Norway, central Sweden and much of Finland later. This may fall as snow over higher ground in Norway for a time. Staying dry but rather cloudy for Denmark and southern Sweden. Starting dry and fair for the Baltic States but patchy light rain and showers develop here later.
Heavy, thundery rain over much of Portugal, central and western Spain on Thursday. Drier and hot in the east with sunshine here. More sunshine in the central Mediterranean. Showers for Italy, a few heavy, although they should be well scattered. Greece will be wet in the west with heavy, thundery showers. Turkey should be dry with sunny spells and feeling very warm.
France will be mostly fair with sunny spells, although breezy in the north. The Low Countries remain fair with sunny spells. More sunshine to come in Germany and dry here. Remaining fair with more sunshine too in Poland. Showers extending through Austria, Hungary and into Switzerland.
Denmark should be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine here. More sunshine to come over most of Sweden thanks to high pressure here. Winds in Finland and feeling cold in the north wind. Rain in northern Norway but fair to the south.