Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's Also Quite Cold In London

We've been dealing with some rather impressive cold here in the States.  Western Europe shares in the fun, all thanks to the pervasive arctic blocking pattern that dominated the second half of March.  Snow has been flying across most of the UK through the latter half of March, with some rather impressive shots of wintry wrath across portions of Scotland, England, and Ireland.

Yesterday's high temperatures in the UK and Ireland were significantly below average for this time of the year, with 30's common in much of the country where average high temperatures at this time of the year are typically between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. London was nearly 20 degrees below average, as was Southampton.  Most everyone was at least ten degrees below average, with snow showers common throughout both the UK and Ireland yesterday.

Cold has gripped much of Europe of late, with a cold trough holding serve across much of the continent...with only Spain and the Mediterranean escaping the brunt of chill.  Heavy snow has been common through the European mountains, with a major crash in Austria impacting 100 cars on Tuesday.  The pattern for Europe suggests the cold weather will continue into April, although the magnitude of chill should lessen as we move past the Easter holiday.  Temperatures should moderate some but it will still remain below average for this time of the year.