Weather Services International: Northern Europe Generally Mild for Remainder of Winter

Below-Normal Temperatures Confined to Parts of Southern Europe during the January-March Period

Andover, MA, December 19, 2011 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (January-March) to average lower than normal across parts of France and Iberia with above-normal temperatures common elsewhere, most notably across the Nordic region.

“Although December has been fairly cold across the UK, most of Europe has seen a continuation of the very mild temperatures that have been the trademark of the heating season, so far. The pattern has been dominated by the positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), which is characterized by a very strong polar vortex that effectively traps the very cold Arctic air at high latitudes,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford. “This pattern is a reversal from that found during the last couple of winters, when a strong negative phase of the NAO resulted in very cold winters. At this time, it appears that this milder, positive phase of the NAO will generally rule the day for much of the remainder of winter, although certainly not to the magnitude that we’ve seen recently. This means that any below-normal temperatures will generally be confined to parts of southern Europe during the remainder of winter, while above-normal temperatures will be predominant across the UK, northern Europe and the Nordic region.”

In January, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Warmer than normal
UK* – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland* – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland* – Colder than normal, except Iberia

In February, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia

In March, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except France/Benelux
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia

WSI, providing customized weather information to energy traders, will issue its next seasonal outlook on 23 January.

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

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