Issued: 0530hrs Thursday 21st February 2019
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Snow for the eastern Alps and Carpathians into Friday
High pressure stays in charge, maintaining dry and warm weather for western Europe. Topping 20C in southwest France, also warm across much of Iberia, with lots of sunshine, although Portugal could hold onto more cloud.
Extensively dry and sunny for the Mediterranean. Scattered showers around Cyprus. Greece and the Balkans also dry with sun and broken cloud. Dry with variable cloud across Hungary around Romania, temperatures 10 to 13C. Cloud and rain affects Poland and the Czech Republic.
Fairly cloudy with patchy rain for northern Germany. Alpine regions will be largely dry with some sunshine. A front brings rain to southern Sweden, but widespread snow to central Sweden and Norway, this will fade slowly through the day. Dry but very cold toward northern Scandinavia with high pressure building here.
Dry, warm and sunny weather continues for west and southwest Europe, 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 again around Cyprus.
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 is likely for southern Poland, Ukraine and Romania. Patchy rain for Hungary and the northern Balkans, with snow over the mountains. Some snow also for the Austrian Alps. A mix of snow and rain for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Showery rain for east and southeast Germany, but largely dry toward the west and north, also dry for the Low Countries.
High pressure centred extends over the Baltic, with fair weather for Denmark, Sweden and Finland. A risk of freezing rain and mountain snow moving across Norway on brisk southwesterly winds.