Geosphere Austria is forecasting a brief onset of winter on Friday night before the weather becomes increasingly mild again. Although the highs will rise steadily until Tuesday, reaching twelve degrees, the early temperatures will remain frosty.
Friday morning will still bring plenty of clouds and snow in the country’s southern parts and partly in the west; otherwise, it will be mostly dry. In the afternoon, the clouds will clear quickly from the northwest, and the sun will often still be out. It will remain largely cloudy only in the south and southeast, but the snowfall will subside in the afternoon. The wind from the west to northwest will still be brisk to strong, especially on the eastern edge of the Alps and the mountains; otherwise, it will be weak to moderate. In the morning, minus seven to plus one degree. During the day, there will be hardly any upward movement, and minus two to plus three degrees are expected.
Frosty temperatures despite sunshine at the weekend
High pressure will bring very sunny weather throughout the country on Saturday. Local patches of early morning fog will be shallow and dry out quickly. The wind will blow moderately from westerly directions, especially in the northeast, sometimes briskly. Otherwise, it will remain light. Frosty early temperatures will mostly be between minus twelve and minus three degrees. In some snow-covered valleys, it will be even colder, with daily highs between minus two and plus five degrees.
The influence of intermediate highs will also ensure sunny weather on Sunday. Only around midday will a band of clouds move across Austria from west to east, temporarily disrupting the sunny weather. However, it will remain dry and mostly lightly windy. Early temperatures will be similar to the previous day, at minus twelve to minus two degrees and even lower in the inner Alps. Daytime highs will range from minus one to plus eight degrees.
A brief spell of winter weather is replaced by mild weather
In the morning, sunny weather will prevail in most parts of the country, and temperatures will reach double-digit plus values again. However, the first denser clouds are already gathering from the west and will continue to spread towards the east and southeast until the evening. In addition, rain will set in during the evening hours in Vorarlberg and Tyrol and in Upper Austria and the Waldviertel. The wind will blow weakly to moderately from southerly directions for a long time, only turning westerly with the passage of disturbances and freshening considerably. After early temperatures of between minus twelve and minus one degree, it will rise to between one and ten degrees.
A warm front will then hit Austria on Tuesday. As a result, dense clouds will spread from the west to almost all parts of the country in the morning. By midday, it will also frequently rain from Vorarlberg to Upper Austria. By the evening, rain is expected in all parts of the country north of the main Alpine ridge and in the north and east. It will remain largely dry, but with many dense clouds, only in the southern and south-eastern parts of the country. The wind will blow from the west and often be moderate to brisk from Upper Austria eastward. Temperatures will rise from minus five to plus four degrees in the morning hours to between four and twelve degrees.
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