Weather Services International: Warm Late Spring and Early Summer Expected in UK and Northern Europe

Continued Lack of North Atlantic “Blocking” Will Likely Result in the Warmer Temps - a Reversal of 2008-11 Observed Summer Patterns

Andover, MA, March 19, 2012 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (April-June) to average higher than normal across all of Europe, with the exception of parts of the Southeast.

“As we head into April, we expect most of Europe to continue to have higher-than-normal temperatures, with the exception of the UK, Iberia and parts of southern Europe,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford. “As we head into late spring and early summer, we expect a distinctly different pattern than what we’ve observed over the last four years, when persistent North Atlantic blocking has been the norm. Specifically, this year, the expected lack of blocking should result in greater chances for summer heat in western and northern sections, rather than southern and eastern sections. Rainfall patterns also should be different. We expect a drier summer in the UK and Nordic regions and wetter weather suppressed farther to the south. Finally, our forecast also supports less wind across Germany/Denmark and more wind in Spain than we’ve had the last four summers.”

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

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

In June, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except southeastern Europe

WSI, providing customized weather information to energy traders, will issue its next seasonal outlook, including the first official summer forecast, on 23 April.

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

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