Looking For Spring Warmth? Head To Spain (But Not Greece)
Thursday will feel fairly spring-like across southern parts of the UK, especially in the sunshine, with temperatures reaching the mid-teens, perhaps a few spots hitting 16C.
But if you are after more summer-like warmth in early March, you don’t have to look far afield to tropical climes. It will turn unusually warm across much of Iberia by the end of the week, with temperatures forecast to hit the high 20s across parts of southern and eastern Spain on Friday and Saturday, mid-20s widely elsewhere for Spain and Portugal. Even southern France will see temperatures creep into the low 20s on Friday.
Although not as warm as Iberia, northern and western Italy, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily reaching 20-21C in Friday, though back into the high teens on Saturday.
The anomalous early Spring warmth more akin to late Spring is being brought by a dome of warm air characterised by high air thickness spreading north across Iberia and the western Mediterranean in response to an upper trough digging south near the Azores at the end of the week and southwesterly jet ahead of it dragging sub-tropical warmth north.
But don’t head any further east for sunshine and warmth, i.e. SE Europe and even western Turkey, because a slow-moving area of low pressure centred over Turkey will pull an increasingly strong and chilly north to northeasterly wind across the Balkans and Greece, along with outbreaks of heavy rain or frequent heavy showers – with temperatures suppressed into single figures across interior parts of the Balkans and Greece. Some large rainfall totals by Sunday too across parts of SE Europe.