Issued: 0530hrs Thursday 21st December 2017
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Warm and dry in central and southern Europe, wind and rain to the north
A strong area of high pressure will be centred around Biscay, bringing settled weather to France and Spain. Pleasantly warm again for Portugal. A few showers for the western Mediterranean. Dry and bright for northern Italy and the western Alps. Windy for southern Italy and the central Med. A risk of heavy rain for southern Greece , with snow over the mountains. Generally dry for the Balkans and area toward the Black Sea.
A front spreads from the north-west across north & central Europe, bringing rain and blustery winds to Germany, preceded by snow for Poland and the Baltic states. Some snow and rain reaching Austria and the Czech Republic. Patchy rain for Belgium and the Netherlands. Dry for Sweden and Denmark. Snow showers for west & northern Norway.
Some patchy rain affecting the far southwest of Portugal. Dry for most of the rest of Portugal and Spain. Dry and sunny as well as being warm in the Balearics and Italy. Greece should be dry with plenty of sunshine here. Some rain i southern parts of Turkey.
Sunny and fine across much of France, feeling warm here. The dry weather extends into the Low Countries although some cloud in the north. Breezy and rather cloudy in much of central and northern Germany, but brighter to the south. Breezy with outbreaks of rain in Poland. Fair in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland.
More unsettled in northern areas of Europe. Wind and rain passing through Denmark, some of it heavy. The Baltic States and Finland will be dry and feeling cool. Rain in western parts of Norway, the rain heavy at times.