WSI: No Change to General Pattern Expected Remainder of Summer

Cool South/West, Warm North/East Pattern Persists

Andover, Mass. (26 June 2013) — Weather Services International (WSI) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (July-September) to average lower than normal across southern UK and most of western/central mainland Europe, with higher-than-normal temperatures across the Nordic regions, eastern Europe and especially western Russia.

“Even though we have not yet seen the characteristic North Atlantic atmospheric blocking pattern (negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation) that has been observed in recent summers, the familiar pattern of cool temperatures across western sections and warm temperatures across the East has prevailed once again this June. Further, there is no indication that this pattern will change significantly during the remainder of the summer as very cool local ocean temperatures act to temper any attempts at a warmer pattern across western sections. As we head towards autumn, we look towards the potential development of a weak El Nino event that would help to favor a cool start to the heating season by October.”

In July, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Cooler than normal southern Sweden/Norway, warmer than normal elsewhere
UK* – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland* – Cooler than normal, except far eastern sections
Southern Mainland* – Cooler than normal, except far eastern sections

In August, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Cooler than normal south, warmer than normal north
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except France
Southern Mainland – Cooler than normal

In September, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Cooler than normal south, warmer than normal north
Northern Mainland – Cooler than normal
Southern Mainland – Cooler than normal

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