Issued: 0530hrs Saturday 20th December 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Rain spreads across Germany; some snow for Austria
A fair day with plenty of sunshine in Spain and Portugal, feeling pleasantly warm in the south. Cooler in the north, with more cloud and a few scattered showers possible on the Biscay coast. Windy in southern France but largely dry for the country as a whole with high pressure in charge. Mostly fair with sunshine for Italy, although very scattered showers near the south-west coast and also Sicily. Dry overall too for the Adriatic region, Greece and Turkey, although showers for Cyprus. Cloudy and patchy rain in eastern Europe. Dry with variable cloud for Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic, but rain, sleet and snow will spread from the north by late evening. Windy and unsettled for northern Europe. Heavy rain in northern Germany in the morning becomes more extensive and spreads south and east into Poland. Cool with a few showers in Belgium, but frequent blustery showers affect the Netherlands and Denmark, with locally gale force winds. Low pressure broadly sits over Scandinavia, although winds will be light in the centre of the low for much of Sweden, where there will be a good deal of sunshine. Cold with frequent snow showers in north-west Norway, and also Finland.
High pressure extends across central and south-western Europe on Sunday. A band of overnight snow clear quickly away from the eastern Alpine region, and will give a period of rain and snow for the Balkan states and Black Sea region during the day. Spain and Portugal will see plenty of sunshine, and feeling mild. Fair weather too for France, but cooler. Sunshine in the north of Italy, scattered showers in the south. A mix of sunshine and showers in Greece and western Turkey. Some patchy snowfall affects eastern Europe as a cold front moves east. Dry and bright for Switzerland and Austria. Windy and feeling chilly in northern Germany, with partly cloudy skies and occasional light showers toward North Sea coasts, also including the Netherlands and Denmark. Heavy rain and mountain snow for western Norway. Sweden remains cool and generally dry. A few snow showers in the Baltic. Cold in Finland.