WSI Europe: Colder Weather to Become More Common Northern/Western Europe as Winter Progresses

Colder High Pressure to Become More Dominant as Atlantic Blocking Increases


Andover, MA, 22 December 2014 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects widespread below-normal temperatures across Scandinavia, UK, and parts of northwestern mainland Europe for the January-March period, with above-normal temperatures common elsewhere.

According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “We feel that the transition to a colder pattern as we head towards the last week of December and into early January is a ‘shot across the bow’ with regards to the pattern during the remainder of the winter. Most of our seasonal signals point to increased chances for North Atlantic blocking (negative NAO) as we head into the back half of winter, and our forecast reflects this expectation for colder risks with time. The occurrence of a sudden stratospheric warming event would increase the odds of cold even further, and we continue to monitor this possibility. We feel that the cold risks will be focused across northern and western sections of Europe during the next three months.”

In January, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Colder than normal west, warmer than normal east
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

In February, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Colder than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Colder than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

In March, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Colder than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Colder than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

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