Daily Briefing 22 Feb 2013

Good Morning! Welcome to our daily briefing for Friday 22 February 2013.

* Potentially Dangerous Weather Warnings for Austria, Serbia, Portugal and parts of Spain.

* The political instability is on-going in Bulgaria. For more click here.

* Sterling continues to fall against the Euro.

* For the latest European headlines click here.

For breaking news please see our Twitter feed @DriveEurope.

Random Daily Picture: Pyrenees. The barrier ran out ages ago. Suddenly the road turns to gravel track. With no room to turn round there's no choice but to keep going. We're both terrified of heights so why are we doing this?! Obviously it all turned out okay in the end.

Random Daily Picture: Pyrenees. The barrier ran out ages ago. Suddenly the road turns to gravel track. With no room to turn round there’s no choice but to keep going. We’re both terrified of heights so why are we doing this?! Because there are few better driving buzzes available at less than 10mph.

WEATHER

Potentially Dangerous Weather expected in eastern Austria, western Serbia, coastal and southern Portugal and the north west coast and parts of northern Spain. For the latest situation click here. For the weather-where-you-are click here.

Austria and Serbia: severe winter weather – snow/ice, low temperatures and high winds.

Spain and Portugal: storms, heavy rain and high winds.

Less severe weather – including high winds – expected in France, Germany, central and southern Italy and Greece.

Winter sports – the latest BBC forecast is getting a bit old now, click here.

CURRENCY

Figures from end of play Wednesday 20 February. Indicative ‘travel money’ rates from BBC. Guide only.

£1 buys €1.119 – €1 is 89.4p – €5 is £4.47.

You get fewer Euros per Pound than yesterday, as the two days previously. For other currencies click here.

CROSSING THE CHANNEL

Brittany Ferries' Pont Aven preparing to leave Santander, Spain, for Portsmouth, yesterday. © Brittany Ferries/ Twitter

Brittany Ferries’ Pont Aven preparing to leave Santander, Spain, for Portsmouth, yesterday. © Brittany Ferries/ Twitter

As of 07:30 GMT, services generally running well. For the latest BBC Ferry Travel News click here.

* early freight queues at Eurotunnel following a technical problem. Not expected to affect cars.

* Passengers on 13:30 TransEuropa Ferries Ramsgate-Ostend should phone 01843 595522 for a sailing update. A technical problem has been affected services this week.

* Travelling to the Channel ports? See @Burger_Ferry for the latest at Dover. See @trafficM25, @M25_traffic or @TravelNewsSouth for the latest on the roads.

For the latest updates by operator click links below:

P&OCondor FerriesBrittany FerriesTranseuropa FerriesEurotunnel – Stena Line

DFDS – Dover StraitWestern ChannelNorth Sea

TRAFFIC

For live traffic information in the following countries click the links below:

AustriaBelgiumFranceGermanyNetherlandsSwitzerland

The Automobile Club of Luxembourg provides a run down of planned major traffic events here (French only).

Google Maps includes live traffic information on all western European countries.

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