Issued: 0530hrs Friday 1st August 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Hot in eastern Europe
Hot again for Spain and Portugal, although more cloud and cooler with a northerly breeze around northern and western coasts. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to break out in northern Spain and the Pyrenees. Warm sunshine for the Mediterranean islands and southern Italy, perhaps the odd thundery shower by afternoon. Warm sunshine for the islands of Greece. Staying hot and sunny in Turkey and Cyprus. Much of central France is dry and fine, but thunderstorms may develop through the day, mostly toward the north, and also toward the Alps. Thunderstorms will also be widespread across the Swiss and Austrian Alps and northern Italy. Thundery for the Balkan states and Bulgaria. Mostly fine with sunshine in the Low Countries and Germany. Quite cloudy for Poland, with a few thundery bursts of rain. Showery for Scandinavia, feeling cool in western Norway.
Low pressure is the dominant feature across Europe on Saturday, with widespread areas of thundery rain. Southern Spain will stay hot and sunny, but a cold front moving into northern Iberia will bring some heavy showers to northern Spain and Portugal. Quite cool with heavy rain and thunderstorms for France, Switzerland and Austria. Thundery in northern Italy, but southern Italy will see warm sunshine. Quite cloudy, but warm for Germany, the Low Countries and Denmark, although there will be scattered thunderstorms. Thundery too for the Czech Republic, Croatia and into northern Greece. Turkey and Cyprus are warm and sunny. Eastern Europe is hot with plenty of sunshine. Finland and Sweden are also warm with sunshine, but rain will affect the west of Norway.