Issued: 0530hrs Monday 23rd March 2020
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Cold & unsettled southeast; snow Romania & Balkans
High pressure stays in charge across northern-central Europe. A continued cool easterly winds for central countries from Ukraine and Belarus to the Czech Republic, Germany and the Low Countries.
Low pressure over southern Spain brings rain to central-eastern Spain, although Portugal should escape mainly dry. A few showers for Italy, perhaps more widespread around Sicily. Heavy rain and extensive snow over higher terrain affects Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. Showery for the Greek islands and western Turkey. Patchy rain extends west into Hugary and the Balkans.
Some bursts of rain developing too for southern France, whilst central and northern France will be dry with sunshine best toward the north. Generally dry across northern Europe, including much of Scandinavia. A southwesterly breeze brings patchy rain around northwestern fringes of Norway.
Easterly winds and rain affects southern Spain, but the north of Spain and Portugal will be generally dry. Thundery showers for Sicily and scattered showers elsewhere for Italy, the Mediterranean and southern France.
An ongoing risk of widespread snow for the Balkans and Bulgaria, with showers also extending to Greece and Turkey. Cool winds coming in from the east off the Black Sea into these areas. A generally cool feel affects much of central Europe as an easterly airflow prevails. Extensively dry for central-northern countries from Ukraine to Poland, Germany and the Low Countries as high pressure remains in charge.
A strong southwesterly flow affects Scandinavia, with a front to the northwest bringing rain to the north of Norway. Dry for southern Scandinavia, and areas around the Baltic also stay dry.