Issued: 0530hrs Thursday 31st May 2018
Duty forecaster: Matthew Hugo
Plenty of sunshine for much of Europe, but with afternoon heavy and thundery showers remain a risk, especially through central and western Europe.
Into Thursday and very warm and humid conditions will prevail across much of Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, into France and also into the British Isles too. It is across these central and western areas of Europe where sunshine but heavy and thundery downpours will remain a risk. Fair weather is forecast across Spain and Portugal with plenty of sunshine, despite some inland heavy showers during the afternoon. High pressure continues to dominate across Norway, Sweden and Finland maintaining settled conditions across northern areas of Europe, while the remainder of Europe maintains plenty of sunshine but with scattered heavy afternoon showers, especially across parts of Greece and Turkey.
During Friday and, overall, not a great deal of change in the weather is predicted. High pressure continues to extend across much of the N Atlantic and eastwards into Norway, Sweden, Finland and also down towards Poland and surrounding countries. It is across these more northern areas of Europe where fine weather persists with warm spells of early summer sunshine. Atmospheric pressure will be lower still across more central and western areas of Europe with some heavy and thundery showers once again possible across parts of Germany, into France and perhaps more widely across the British Isles as well by this point. Some heavy and thundery showers may also extend down into Spain as well through the afternoon. Much of the Med, however, will maintain plenty of sunshine but scattered heavy afternoon downpours remain possible. Much of Europe will be warm or very warm, locally hot through the Med.