WSI: Widespread Above-Normal Temperatures to Continue Through Autumn

Evidence Mounting for Pattern Change toward Colder Weather in Late Winter

Andover, MA, 22 September 2014 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects widespread above-normal temperatures across Scandinavia, eastern and central mainland Europe and the UK for the October-December period, with below-normal temperatures confined to parts of Iberia and southern France.

According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “The remains of Hurricane Edouard have helped to trigger a temporary pattern change towards much cooler temperatures across much of Europe this week. However, the bulk of the evidence suggests a return to the pattern of widespread above-normal temperatures that has been common for much of the past year. Our latest forecast for October reflects this idea, with below-normal temperatures forecasted to be confined to the far north and west of Europe as high pressure remains in control over central and southern Europe. Looking ahead towards winter, the bulk of the evidence suggests that there may be significant cold risk late in the winter, as the combination of various atmospheric/oceanic drivers (including El Nino) appear to be in consensus. On the other hand, the climate models are quite strongly suggesting another mild winter, so there is still significant uncertainty for the upcoming winter.”

In October, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Warmer than normal, except southern Norway
UK – Warmer than normal south, cooler north
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

In November, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia/southern France

In December, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia/southern France

WSI provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. WSI will issue its next seasonal outlook on 20 October. A preview of this updated outlook will be provided at the 9th Annual WSI European Winter Weather Symposium in London on 9 October.

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