Air bridge destinations - What is the weather like in Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the Caribbean?
As international travel restrictions are being lifted so are the quarantine times on return from some countries but what’s the weather doing at locations with travel corridors?
If you are packing to head off to one of the non-quarantine locations you might be feeling excited about a change of scenery, slightly apprehensive about the whole travelling in a time of COVID thing or just in need of a break from work and home. A bit of sunshine and warmth could lift everyone's spirits as the UKs post lockdown weather has been a bit lacklustre.
If you have cancelled your break or are now unable to travel and are just reading this to see what the weather would have been like, then stop! Wherever you were going, let’s just say - it is raining and cold.
NASA WorldView Europe and Mediterranean 21st July 2020
Italy – Plenty of sunshine and warmth this week but there will be more cloud in the far north and low pressure is forecast to form by Friday. This brings the threat of rain and showers over northern Italy and the Balkan states. However, for many resorts, the sunshine remains with temperatures into the 30sC. Rome sees daytime temperatures up to 35C and overnight minimums of 21C. Italian Met Service.
France - Changes this week. Many areas are fine, very warm and sunny although there is the risk of heavy thundery showers for central and eastern France midweek. This risk fades as the showers edge southwards but by Saturday it will be northern France seeing a scattering of showers. These become more widespread by Sunday. Still many places stay dry and sunny. Temperatures start in the high 20s into the 30sC but come down into the 20sC by the weekend. MeteoFrance
Greece - plenty of fine, sunny weather with temperatures ranging from the mid 20sC to mid 30sC. This week there is a brisk northerly flow down through the Aegean Sea but this eases at the weekend so coastal resorts and islands will be less blustery. The Ionian Sea coasts will also be fine with Zante seeing temperatures in the high 20sC with lots of sunshine. The Greek Met Service for satellite and radar information.
Spain - Inland southern Spain has a temperature warning up to 40C. the AEMET Spanish Met service warnings show these areas in orange on Tuesday with wider temperatures and storm warnings marked in yellow and the high temperature warnings continue through mid-week. Heavy showers appear in the far NE by Friday for Aragon and the north coast of Spain could see more unsettled weather by Sunday, including Bilbao and San Sebastian. The Costa del Sol is very warm and sunny. Air temperatures up to 30C and the water is 24C.
The Canary Islands keep temperatures in the mid-20s up to 30C with a breeze as always, plenty of sunshine and just a bit of cloud about.
One place to keep an eye out for weather warnings in Europe is Meteo Alarm – "Europe wide weather warnings". On Tuesday 21st July it was showing yellow high temperature warnings and a few orange thunderstorm warnings for Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.
Caribbean - Increased shower activity is expected by the end of the week for Barbados. there hasn’t been any tropical cyclone action yet in the Caribbean. Still plenty of months left for this season and the National Hurricane Centre NHC is watching an area of development in the mid-Atlantic right now.