WSI: Above-Normal Temperatures to be the Rule Across Europe Remainder of Winter

Lack of Atlantic Blocking to Result in More Mild Westerly Flow

Andover, MA, 20 December 2013 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects widespread above-normal temperatures across Europe and western Russia for the January-March period, with slightly below-normal temperatures confined to parts of western Iberia and the UK.

According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “December has been characterized by very strong westerly flow across northern Europe, with high pressure and slightly below-normal temperatures confined to parts of France, Italy, and Iberia. The lack of very cold air so far this winter is due to a lack of North Atlantic blocking, and there is no indication in our dynamical and statistical models that the recent pattern will relent significantly for the remainder of the winter. The result will likely be widespread above-normal temperatures, especially across eastern Europe and western Russia, with near-normal temperatures and stormy conditions more common across western Europe.”

In January, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Near normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, especially eastern sections
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, especially eastern sections

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

In March, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except northern France and Benelux
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

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