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World Weather for Friday December 14 2018

Middle East:  Minor showers are indicated for northern Iran and north-central Saudi Arabia.  A few showers are also possible over far western Turkey and Lebanon.  Other sections of the Middle East will remain very quiet with a ridge of high pressure in place over Yemen.  Highs will reach 19 in Kuwait City with variable cloudiness, 22 in Riyadh with a few scattered showers, and 26 in Dubai with sunshine. 

Europe:  A storm system will produce light to moderate rain and thunderstorms over southern Italy, the Balkans, Greece, and Bulgaria.  It will also be rather windy.  A second system will produce wind-driven pockets of rain over western and northern France, England, and Ireland.  High pressure will be situated over southern Norway with fair, cold weather indicated for Scandinavia and northeastern Europe.  A ridge of high pressure will remain in place over Spain with fair weather expected there along with seasonably mild temperatures.  Highs will reach -3C in Moscow with a few flurries, 4 in Copenhagen with variable cloudiness, and 14 in Athens with showers and thunderstorms.

United States and Canada:  A complex low pressure system will be in place over the southeastern United States with pockets of light to moderate rain extending from Florida north to Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, and Ohio.  The rain will extend west to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.  Troughs will be in place over northern California and interior Washington with pockets of light to moderate rain expected over both regions.  Some snow is indicated over southern British Columbia.  Ridges of high pressure will be in place over New England and Colorado.  Highs will reach 32F in Montreal with sunny skies, 49F in Seattle with some rain likely, and 48F in St. Louis with rain. 

Asia:  Conditions will be very quiet over much of central and northern Asia with high pressure positioned over North Korea.  No significant areas of precipitation are expected anywhere across China, the Koreas, or Japan.  Showers and thunderstorms will target far southern India and nearby Sri Lanka.  Thunderstorms are also indicated along the Myanmar and Thailand border.  Lesser showers will affect Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Highs will reach 13 in Tokyo with partly sunny skies, 18 in Hanoi with some rain likely, and 33 in Mumbai with sunshine.

Africa:  High pressure will be situated over Morocco with fair weather indicated for northern and western regions of Africa with varying amounts of cloudiness.  Showers will stretch from Cameroon and Gabon southeast across Angola and southern Congo to a wave of low pressure over Zambia.  Some rain is also likely over northern Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya.  Thunderstorms are indicated for southern Madagascar and many eastern regions of South Africa.  Highs will reach 22 in Addis Ababa with variable cloudiness, 31 in Lagos with a mix of sun and clouds, and 35 in Maputo with a few showers possible. 

Australia and New Zealand:  A small storm system will be in place over Victoria and Tasmania with showers likely.  Thunderstorms are expected around Brisbane and over the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Other regions of Australia will be relatively quiet.  Some showers are likely over far northern New Zealand.  Highs will reach 19 in Wellington with partly sunny skies, 30 in Adelaide with variable cloudiness and the risk for a passing thunderstorm, and 37 in Perth with variable cloudiness.

South America:  A small storm system will combine energy with a branch of the jet stream to produce rain and thunderstorms over northern Argentina, far southern Brazil, and Uruguay.  Thunderstorms will dominate much of central and western Brazil as well as spots over the coast of Colombia.  Lesser showers will affect some parts of interior Venezuela and southern Peru.  Highs will reach 20 in Bogota with a few thunderstorms, 27 in Santiago with sunshine, and 30 in Belem with some shower activity likely.


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