Last updated 21:00 BST.
Channel delays: High winds affecting services on the Dover Strait; P&O and DFDS currently 90min delays Dover-Calais though MyFerryLink on schedule (DFDS Dover-Dunkirk 20min delay). Today’s DFDS Amsterdam-Newcastle severely delayed by bad weather. Return sailing now expected to leave at 21:30.
Weather alerts: Amber alerts for storms, high winds and rain northern Italy and western Greece. Heavy rain Slovenia.
Weather: Heavy showers Low Countries. Windy. Dry and sunny Spain.
Traffic: see @DE_Traffic, from 05:30BST.
See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.
Speed marathon: obviously this is a Spanish traffic helicopter. But it serves as a graphic reminder that it’s the ‘Speed Marathon’ in Germany today: 24 hours of nearly 15,000 police in 9,000 locations all on the lookout for speeding drivers. We did think all the locations would be online – a lot of them nominated by anti-speed locals – but not that we could find. Makes sense to be careful everywhere. Derestricted autobahns are not affected.
ROMANIA. With up to 500bhp available the new Ghe-O Motors RESCUE – unveiled today at the Bucharest Auto Salon – is a high performance vehicle in every sense of the world. High customisable – it can be configured for fire, medical, military or for use in water or on snow. It’s one of a range of extreme off-roaders produced by Ghe-O Motors in a Bucharest suburb. Something tells us we’re going to be hearing more about this company – they also have a motorsport team. See www.ghe-o.com