WSI: No Change to Gloomy Summer Outlook for UK/Western Europe

Pattern of Recent Summers Expected to Continue

Andover, Mass. (22 May 2013) — Weather Services International (WSI) expects temperatures for the upcoming summer (June-August) to average lower than normal across UK, most of western mainland Europe and the more densely populated southern regions of Norway and Sweden, with higher-than-normal temperatures across Eastern Europe and especially Western Russia.

“As we head closer to summer, we can’t find any convincing evidence that the cool and wet pattern experienced in recent summers in the UK and Western Europe will relent this year,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, WSI chief meteorologist. “Our statistical and dynamical models all suggest that the North Atlantic summer blocking pattern that has been prevalent since 2007 will likely appear again, resulting in low pressure and cool, wet weather across the UK and much of western mainland Europe. On the other hand, high pressure will dominate in Eastern Europe and Western Russia resulting in a hot, dry summer.”

In June, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Cooler than normal southern Sweden/Finland
UK* – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland* – Cooler than normal
Southern Mainland* – Cooler than normal, except far Southeast Europe

In July, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Cooler than normal southern half of Norway/Sweden, warmer
than normal elsewhere
UK – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland – Cooler than normal, except far eastern sections
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia

In August, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Cooler than normal south, warmer than normal north
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal east, cooler than normal west
Southern Mainland – Cooler than normal

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Linda Maynard
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