Europe can expect icy conditions and well-below-average temperatures, particularly for January and February, according to The Weather Company.
For the three-month period from December to February, the company is forecasting below-normal temps across the northern two-thirds of Europe.
Dr Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company, said: “November has been another in a long string of warmer-than-normal months across much of Europe, although the last 10 days of the month should be considerably colder, as a cold continental easterly flow is set up.
“The pattern change that is driving this colder weather is a bit of foreshadowing for the winter as a whole, as there are indications that this sort of high-latitude blocking may be more of a player this year, for the first time in many winters.”
The current chilly spell is blamed on the migration of the unusually strong Scandinavia ridge of high pressure moving northwestward towards Greenland, which allows a direct flow of Arctic high pressure from the North Pole.
Dr Crawford’s computer models suggest brutal, arctic blasts are likely to intensify into January and February 2019.
After a string of milder than average European winters, thanks to the Modern Maximum, all signals now point to a sharp return to frigid conditions as the Grand Solar Minimum continues its intensification.
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