WSI: Cool Pattern to Linger into April Before Warmer Temperatures Arrive in May

Early Data Suggest Another Cool, Wet Summer May be Coming for Western Europe


Andover, MA (27 March 2013) — Weather Services International (WSI) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (April-June) to average lower than normal across Western Europe, and higher than normal across Eastern Europe, western Russia, and the Nordic regions.

“The cold winter pattern across much of Europe has continued into March, as very strong high-latitude atmospheric blocking has intensified,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, WSI chief meteorologist. “While we expect the magnitude of this blocking to relax heading into April, the residual pattern will likely favor the continuation of below-normal temperatures across much of the region. While we do expect warmer temperatures to become more widespread by May, especially across northern sections, climate models suggest that the pattern heading into summer will become cooler and wetter across Western Europe. This summer pattern has been the rule for the last six years, as northerly flow and lower pressures have dominated much of Western Europe.”

In April, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Cooler than normal Finland, except extreme northern sections
UK* – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland* – Cooler than normal
Southern Mainland* – Cooler than normal, except Southeast

In May, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Cooler than normal

In June, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal, except parts of coastal Norway
UK – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Benelux and northern France
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

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