Issued: 0530hrs Thursday 2nd January 2020
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Low pressure to the north brings severe gales to western Norway
A dry and mostly fair day for Portugal and Spain though cloud builds from the northwest through the day. A dry day for the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia and Italy though there will be some cloud around for western areas. The best of the sun over central and southern Italy. A sunny day too for Greece after early showers fade to the east. Heavy outbreaks of rain affect southern Turkey and Cyprus.
A few light showers for central and northeastern France on Thursday. A cloudy day for northwestern parts of the country but brighter to the southeast. Cloudy but dry for the Low Countries. Some cloud developing over western Germany later but mostly bright for central and eastern areas. A dry and bright day for Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Switzerland.
Breezy but dry in Denmark with cloud building through the day. Breezy too for the Baltic States with cloud tending to break through the day. Norway, Sweden and Finland also see a breezy day with plenty of cloud around. Outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow affect northern areas as well as western parts of Norway.
A fair but mostly dry for Portugal and Spain with a few ligth showers to the far northwest. A fair and dry day for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia. A dry day for Italy with some cloud to the north. Brighter to the south. A mostly dry day too for Greece with good spells of sunshine. Winds ease for southern Turkey and Cyprus though heavy rain continues here on Friday.
Cloudy for France with showery outbreaks of rain spreading from the northwest. Outbreaks of rain, some of them heavy, affect the Low Countries, Germany and northern Poland. Staying mostly dry but with increasing cloud coverage in Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. Dry and bright for Slovakia and Hungary.
A band of rain clears to the southeast from Denmark leaving a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers. A dry, bright start for the Baltic States but rain arrives from the west later. A band of rain sweeps across southern Sweden and Finland - this turns to snow over northern Finland. Sleet and snow continue to affect western parts of Norway. Staying breezy across Scandinavia.