Weather Services International: Early Heating Season to be Cold in UK and Western European Mainland

Above-Normal Temperatures Expected in Nordic Regions and Eastern Mainland during Late Autumn/Early Winter

Andover, MA, September 19, 2011 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (October-December) to average lower than normal across the UK and western mainland with above-normal temperatures common across the eastern mainland, Southeast Europe and most of the Nordic region.

“The high-latitude atmospheric blocking regime, as manifested by the negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), is expected to dominate the pattern again across Europe during late autumn and early winter,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford. “We currently expect the coldest temperatures to be confined to western Europe, as we do not expect the blocking to be as severe as during the last two winters.”

In October, WSI sees the monthly breakdown as:

Nordic Region* – Warmer than normal
UK * – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland* – Cooler than normal
Southern Mainland* – Warmer than normal

In November, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Warmer than normal, except Norway & northern Sweden
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except coastal France/Benelux
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia

In December, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Colder than normal, except Finland & northern Sweden
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Colder than normal, except parts of France/Benelux
Southern Mainland – Colder than normal, except southeastern Europe

WSI, providing customized weather information to energy traders, will issue its next seasonal outlook on 24 October.

*To view the map defining WSI’s European regions, click here.

WSI Winter Weather Symposium
WSI will be hosting its 6th Annual European Winter Weather Symposium, a thorough evaluation of the primary seasonal drivers and their expected impacts, on Thursday, October 13, 17:30-21:00, at One Moorgate Place in the heart of London.

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