Nippy North Sea winds to have added Scandinavian nip in coming days

Written by on April 9, 2019 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

You’d expect days to warm as we approach mid-April, especially with a sun strength of early September but sometimes, winter doesn’t doesn’t want to let go. Remember the weird and wacky ups and down of last April with cold and snowy open followed by record warmth later in the month?

Since the end of last week, the UK has been under the influence of a cool easterly air flow with winds blowing over the North Sea where SST’s are at their coldest of the year while east, southeast Europe has turned unseasonably warm.

The current Europe temperature charts says it all. First note the cold air over Scandinavia, then the chilly east coast vs west of the UK and the warmth spread across central and east Europe.


Light to moderate winds traveling over the North Sea typically mirror SST’s with air temperatures along the exposed east side Britain. A time when Newcastle can be 7C under laden skies while Carlisle enjoys 16C and abundant sunshine.

We’re about to endure an air mass which originated all the way up in northwest Russia. So the easterly chill will have an added nip in the coming days.

Here’s the 500mb upper pattern anomaly setup according to the GFS ensemble for the end to the week and through weekend.

High pressure north of the UK with low pressure drifting WSW from the Baltic Sea to Northern France will drive and spread the cold all the way to southern Spain this weekend.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

The chilly air mass currently positioned over Scandinavia…

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

shall engulf all of Western Europe Friday and Saturday.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

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