Issued: 0530hrs Thursday 24th April 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Thunderstorms widespread across Europe
A cold front brings a cool and wet day to north-western parts of Spain and northern Portugal. Showers will affect southern Portugal, plus central and northern Spain. Southern and eastern Spain generally drier and warmer, but thunderstorms may break out by evening, and move across to the Balearics. France may also see some thundery showers break out, but there should be spells of warm sunshine also. A more organised area of rain moves onto the Biscay coast later. Much of central Europe will see sunshine and showers, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, but feeling warm in the sunshine. Showers also breaking out by afternoon in Switzerland, Austria and also Italy. Greece and the Balkan states are affected by a more organised area of low pressure, bringing some heavy falls of rain. Turkey and Cyprus are hot, but also the risk of a thunderstorm. Scandinavia is dominated by high pressure, with fair and dry conditions for most of Finland, Norway and Sweden, although southern areas may catch a shower.
High pressure builds across south-western Spain and Portugal on Friday bringing fair conditions. Still the risk of showers in the north-west of Iberia. Thundery showers in eastern Spain should clear, but the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia may see heavy bursts of rain throughout the day. France will also see pulses of heavy thundery rain. Unsettled conditions continue to dominate southern Europe, with thunderstorms breaking out and merging into longer periods of rain in Italy, the Balkan states, Greece and Turkey. Southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic also see thundery rain. High pressure remains centred to the north, with Denmark, plus northern parts of Germany and Poland looking dry and warm, although quite breezy. Plenty of sunshine in Norway, Sweden and Finland and generally mild.