Issued: 0530hrs Monday 7th January 2019
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Northern and central portions of Europe see a potent area of low pressure tracking through bringing strong winds and outbreaks of rain and snow. It will remain dry and bright for the western Mediterranean though feeling cooler than normal while stormy weather in the eastern Med should ease through Tuesday.
Monday will be dry but cool for Portugal and Spain while it will be rather overcast to start for the Balearics. Brightening later and bright too for Corsica and Sardinia. Wintry showers continue through the morning for central and southern Italy but should ease by the afternoon to leave a dry and fine day. A mix of rain and snow showers continues for Greece and Turkey.
Staying dry for France but overcast for northern and western areas, brighter in the south. Overcast too for the Low Countries. Rain and snow will ease over central Germany leaving broken cloud behind while a band of snow and wintry precipitation will work southeastward across Poland. Snow easing for Austria while it should be a dry and bright day for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
An overcast day for Denmark before a band of heavy rain moves in from the North Sea through the evening. Finland and the Baltics will see a band of mixed wintry precipitation move from west to east through the morning and into the afternoon. Clearer skies will follow. An area of low pressure will bring high winds and heavy rain and snowfall to southern parts of Norway and Sweden through Monday afternoon and evening.
Tuesday continues dry, bright and cool for much of Portugal, Spain and the Balearics. The day starts bright too for Corsica and Sardinia but cloud will build and there is a chance of showers developing later in the afternoon. A dry and bright start to the day for Italy though cloud will build from the north and rain will affect central and southern areas through the afternoon and evening. Wintry showers ease for Greece and western Turkey leaving a dry, cool, bright afternoon.
A band of patchy rain and wintry showers will move southward across France throughout the day with the heaviest bursts in the east and southeast. Windy for the Low Countries with a continued chance of wintry showers throughout the day. It will be rather stormy for Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary as a low pressure system brings powerful winds and a mixture of rain and snow.
Windy and wet for Denmark on Tuesday morning though it should turn drier in the afternoon. The Baltics will see a rather snowy day and strengthening northerly winds. Snowy too for southern Finland, Sweden and Norway with strong winds. Brightening for a spell in the afternoon in southeastern Norway.