WSI Europe: Hopes of Sustained Cold Weather Decreasing Heading into Late Winter

Atlantic Blocking Continues to be Elusive

Andover, MA, 19 January 2015 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects slightly below-normal temperatures to generally be confined to Scandinavia, UK, and parts of northwestern mainland Europe for the February-April period, with above-normal temperatures common elsewhere.

According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “Neither the weak El Nino nor the recent stratospheric warming event appears to have been able to conquer the prevailing pattern of low pressure and strong westerlies across the North Atlantic as we head into February. At this point, it appears that the chances for sustained or extreme cold weather are rather limited as we head into the back half of winter. We feel that the pattern for the next couple of months will be characterized by very mild temperatures across SE Europe with near to slightly below-normal temperatures confined to northern/western sections.”

In February, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Slightly colder than normal
UK – Slightly colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal east, slightly colder than normal west
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

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

In April, 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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