Issued: 0530hrs Monday 28th May 2018
Duty forecaster: Matthew Hugo
Very warm or hot conditions dominate across much of Europe with thundery downpours, especially across many central and western areas.
Into Monday and high pressure will remain slow moving across much of Scandinavia and extending down towards Poland and some other surrounding countries. As a result, much of northern Europe will remain dry and settled with some warm spells of sunshine, these conditions continuing to extend westwards towards northern areas of the UK too. However, the remainder of Europe remains more unsettled with further heavy and torrential downpours possible. There remains some focus for these to be most frequent and perhaps severe during the day across Spain, Portugal and France, perhaps drifting northwards into southern areas of England too. Higher pressure may mean fewer showers around Italy, despite still a risk, but the risk of showers is likely to be more extensive across south-eastern areas of Europe, especially Slovakia, Greece and Turkey where storms are likely as the day progresses. Much of Europe very warm if not hot, especially central and southern areas where it will be very humid too.
During Tuesday and high pressure will remain an influential across more southern areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland and also down into Poland, Belarus and other eastern counties of Europe, mainly dry across these areas with some sunny spells and very warm. For many central and western areas of Europe, anywhere from Italy across to Iberia, up into France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and also into the British Isles it is a thundery weather type that dominates. Very warm and humid, if not hot across western areas of Europe too and while there will be some sunny spells heavy thundery showers will become widespread and, at times, severe too, particularly across Spain and up into France.