Issued: 0530hrs Saturday 30th April 2016
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Very warm south-western Spain & Portugal
A breezy day for Portugal, although the Algarve, and also Andalucia will be warm, reaching 26C or locally higher. Thunderstorms will break out across south-eastern Spain, and some will also drift across the Balearics. Mostly fair weather for the central and eastern Mediterranean, including much of Italy, the Balkans and Greece, where temperatures will reach 25C.
Fronts situated across France bring persistent and heavy rain to eastern regions, including the western Alps. Rain also affects western Germany and southern Belgium. Western France will be drier and brighter. Outbreaks of rain also affect Denmark and southern Norway, some prolonged heavy bursts. A good deal of dry and warm weather across eastern Europe, although scattered thunderstorms may break out in Romania and Ukraine. Most of Sweden will be dry, highs 15C. Finland may be rather cloudy with a little drizzle.
An area of low pressure develops across Italy and the central Mediterranean overnight into Sunday, bringing thundery rain, which will spread slowly north-east into the Balkans and southern Austria into the daytime. Bursts of rain will continue for Italy, whilst a strong to locally gale force northerly winds will affect southern France.
Meanwhile, Spain and Portugal will see a a dry day as pressure builds, and the easterly wind will allow temperatures to climb toward 30C in the south-west of Iberia. Showery rain affects eastern France and southern Germany, but most of France, the Low Countries and northern-central Europe will see a dry and mild day, highs 17C. Weak fronts bring a lot of cloud and some patchy rain to Scandinavia, and southerly winds will freshen in western Norway. Areas around the Black Sea, plus most of Greece and Turkey will be dry with warm sunshine.