Weather Services International: Warmth Focused in Northern Europe This Summer

Weather Authority Expects Best Chance for Significant Heat in First Half of Summer with Increasing Likelihood of Broad-Based, Below-Normal Temps as Summer Progresses

Andover, MA, May 21, 2012 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (June-August) to average higher than normal across the Nordic region, UK, and the northern mainland, with below-normal temperatures confined to the Southeast.

“The last few summers have all been characterized by very warm, dry weather across much of eastern and southern Europe with relatively cool and wet conditions across the UK and western parts of the mainland and Nordic region,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford. “This pattern has been driven by extreme levels of North Atlantic blocking, which we do not expect to occur again this summer. This year, reduced levels of blocking should result in a distinctly different summer with high pressure driving warmer, drier and less windy conditions across northern and western Europe. Conversely, lower pressures will be associated with cooler, wetter and windier conditions across southern and eastern Europe. Finally, the emerging El Nino event suggests increased chances of more widespread, below-normal temperatures by late summer with the best chances for significant heat during the first half of summer.”

In June, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Warmer than normal
UK* – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland* – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland* – Warmer than normal, except Mediterranean region

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

In August, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except parts of Northeast
Southern Mainland – Cooler than normal

WSI, providing customized weather information to energy traders, will issue its next seasonal outlook, including the final official summer forecast, on 25 June.

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

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