Weather Services International: Lack of Significant Summer Heat to Continue Across Northern/Western Europe

Continued Quite Warm in Southern/Eastern Europe

Andover, MA, June 25, 2012 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (July-September) to average slightly higher than normal across most regions, especially for eastern European locations.

“For the sixth summer in a row, significant and persistent atmospheric blocking (negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation, or NAO) has developed in the North Atlantic,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford. “This has resulted in a cool and wet pattern across much of the UK and Nordic regions, with drier, warmer conditions across most of southern and eastern Europe. All of the objective forecast guidance suggests a continuation of this general pattern for the remainder of the summer, and we have made the necessary changes to our forecast to account for this unexpected return of the negative NAO pattern again this summer. Since we are heading into a new El Nino event, we expect a continuation of negative NAO conditions into at least October, resulting in a continuation of cool temperatures across much of western Europe. It is still much too early to speculate on the upcoming winter pattern.”

In July, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Slightly warmer than normal east, cooler than normal west
UK* – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland* – Slightly warmer than normal
Southern Mainland* – Warmer than normal

In August, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Slightly warmer than normal
UK – Slightly warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Slightly warmer than normal, slightly cooler-than-normal in France/Germany/Benelux
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal


In September, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except parts of Northeast
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia and southern France

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

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