Issued: 0530hrs Thursday 28th May 2015
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Thunderstorms developing across Spain
Low pressure across north-western Europe and high pressure to the south. Hot for Spain and Portugal, highest temperatures toward the south-west. Isolated thunderstorms may develop by afternoon. Dry across the western Mediterranean. Warm too for southern France and dry overall. A weak front brings patchy rain for northern France and Belgium. Sunshine and dry for Italy, Switzerland and Austria. The Balkan states are also likely to be dry, but heavy rain and thunderstorms will affect Greece and Turkey. It will be breezy across northern Europe, with fronts producing patchy rain for northern Germany and Denmark. Partly cloudy but mainly dry for southern Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. Persistent rain for southern Norway and Sweden. Drier across northern Scandinavia, although Finland may see a little rain. It will be hot for western Russia.
Thunderstorms will break out across Spain by Friday afternoon, although well scattered in Portugal. It remains very warm across Iberia. Dry with sunshine for the central Mediterranean, including Italy and the Balkan states. Thundery rain for southern Greece and Crete. Thundery rain will be widespread for southern Turkey and Cyprus. Outbreaks of rain and scattered afternoon thunderstorms for the Alpine region, also southern Germany and the Czech Republic. Away from the mountains, much of France will be dry, although on the cool side in the north with a fresh westerly breeze. Showery for the Low Countries, also Denmark. Unsettled across Norway and Sweden, with low pressure in charge. Thundery rain for eastern Ukraine and western Russia. Patchy rain for Poland. Dry overall for Romania and Bulgaria.