Issued: 0530hrs Tuesday 31st May 2016
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Very warm northern Europe
Hot and sunny in southern Spain and Portugal, highs reaching 30C. Cooler in the north of Iberia. Much of the Mediterranean will be fine, including southern Italy and Greece, where temperatures will also reach 30C. Southern France and northern Italy will be cooler, with risk of thundery rain.
A zone of persistent heavy rain and thunderstorms will be slow moving across central France, and may result in flash flooding. Thundery rain will also affect the Alpine regions. Meanwhile, Belgium, the Netherlands and western parts of Germany may escape with a largely dry day. However, much of central and eastern Europe is unsettled, with widespread thunderstorms extending from eastern Germany and Denmark, to Poland and Ukraine; very warm and humid at 23 to 27C. Scattered thunderstorms for Romania and Bulgaria. Breezy for southern Scandinavia. Dry and very warm for most of Norway, Sweden & Finland, highs 23 to 26C. Scattered thundery showers over the northern mountains.
Low pressure remains dominant across central Europe, bringing further widespread thunderstorms. Pressure remains high to the north & west of Europe. A warm, sunny day for Spain, Portugal and the western Mediterranean. Southern Italy and Greece remain mainly dry and very warm.
Remnants of thundery rain will affect France, although not as intense as the previous day. The focus of renewed torrential rainfall moves back to Germany and the Low Countries, also Alpine regions. Thunderstorms will also affect the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Balkan countries. In northern Europe, an easterly breeze continues around Denmark, although it should be a brighter day here. A few showers across northern Scandinavia. Very warm in Sweden, highs 25 to 28C.