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December 19, 2017

Seasonal Outlook: The Weather Company Expects December Cold in Western Europe to Relent in January, Warm/Dry Conditions Across SE Europe

Storm Track to Set Up Across Northern Europe Remainder of Winter

Andover, MA, 19 December 2017 — For the aggregate January-March period, The Weather Company, an IBM Business, is forecasting above-normal temperatures for most of Europe, with slightly below-normal temperatures confined to Scandinavia and parts of northwestern Russia. Precipitation is expected to be above normal across northern Europe and below normal across southern Europe.

“The cold weather in December across western Europe has arrived as expected, but it appears to be fleeting as the North Atlantic blocking pattern will fade away heading into January,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company. “While we will still see occasional cold spells during the remainder of winter, they will be focused farther north across Scandinavia, while warmer and wetter conditions will become established across the UK and much of northern mainland Europe.”

For the January-March 2018 period, The Weather Company is forecasting the following temperatures:

January

  • Nordic region – Colder than normal west, warmer than normal east
  • U.K. – Near normal
  • Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
  • Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

February

  • Nordic region – Warmer than normal south/west, colder than normal north/east
  • U.K. – Warmer than normal
  • Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
  • Southern Mainland – Colder than normal west, warmer than normal east

March

  • Nordic region – Colder than normal
  • U.K. – Warmer than normal
  • Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except far north/east
  • Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal


The Weather Company provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. The Weather Company will issue its next seasonal outlook, including the first official look at winter, on 23 January.

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Media Contacts: Lea Armstrong, The Weather Company, lea.armstrong@ibm.com