Issued: 0530hrs Wednesday 31st August 2016
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Some thunderstorms southern areas
High pressure influences much of Europe. Staying hot in western regions, generally warm across most countries. Scattered thunderstorms by afternoon in south-eastern Spain. A brisk north-easterly breeze for northern Portugal. Highs 25 to 28C in northern Spain, rising to 35 to 38C in central-southern Iberia. Areas of thunderstorms for the western Alps and central-southern Italy. Plenty of sunshine across the Mediterranean, temperatures widely 26 to 30C. A northerly breeze for the Greek Islands.
Dry weather extends across France, highs 27 to 33C, warmest south-west. Dry too for the Low Countries, Germany and much of eastern Europe, 23 to 26C. Isolated thunderstorms for Romania and Bulgaria. A strong south-westerly breeze across Scandinavia. Persistent rain for west & north-western Norway. Warm and humid for Sweden. Dry for Finland & the Baltic states.
High pressure continues to extend across much of the continent, bringing plenty of dry and warm weather, although some thunderstorms in the south. Hot and dry for Spain and Portugal, highest temperatures in the south-west of Iberia. Risk of isolated thunderstorms for eastern Spain. Dry for the western Mediterranean and much of northern Italy, although the central Alps have a risk of thundery showers. Thunderstorms also threaten southern Italy, Sicily, plus mainland Greece . Dry, sunny and breezy for the Greek Islands.
Dry and sunny for France. Partly cloudy for the Low Countries and northern Germany, chance a spot of rain locally. Dry and very warm across eastern Europe. Breezy for Scandinavia. Dry in Denmark and much of Sweden. Showery in western Norway. Cool in the far north. Rain spreads across Finland, but will clear.