Snow and cold will chill the heart of Europe this Easter weekend.
Cold rain and snow will streak northeastward from the Alps to parts of Germany, Czech, Poland and Slovakia, leaving light to moderate falls of snow by Sunday night.
Snow, anywhere between a small accumulation and about 10 cm (4 inches), will touch cities such as Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech; and Warsaw, Poland, between Saturday night and Sunday night.
Area hills as well as the Alps and Carpathian Mountains will get falls of between 15 and 30 cm (6 to 12 inches).
Temperatures 4 to 8 degrees C (about 7 to 14 degrees F) below normal, fostered by stubborn, cold high pressure spread over Scandinavia to Iceland, will help to set up the snow as a winterlike storm tracks from Italy to Ukraine.
The cold and snow will be a fitting cap to a month that has brought unusual cold and snow to an expanse stretching from U.K. and France east to Ukraine and Russia.
As of Friday, hilly parts of the central and northern U.K. were still clad in a mantle of snow. A new storm was shedding snow in parts of Germany, Austria, Czech and Poland. Hungary and Romania were still contending with lingering snow left by an early week snow.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!