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Europe Warmest of 2013 Sunday

April 10, 2013; 8:40 AM

Sunday, a swath of Europe spread between the U.K and the Alps will get its warmest day of the year so far.

Temperatures will reach 18 to 24 degrees C (65 to 75 degrees F), which would imply readings at least 6 to 10 degrees C (11 to 18 degrees F) above normal.

The marked warming will follow on the heels of unusual March and early April cold across the U.K., Germany, France, Switzerland and the Low Countries.

London will warm to 20 degrees C (68 F), which would easily top the high of 16 degrees C (61 F) reached on March 5.

In Germany, Frankfurt should hit 22 degrees C (72 F), well above the previous high of 17 degrees C (63 F) that was set on March 8.

Paris, in also reaching 22 degrees C, would best its previous 2013 high by at least 6 degrees C.

Other areas with respect to normal will reach 18 to 24 degrees C (65 to 75 degrees F), which would imply readings at least 6 to 10 degrees C (11 to 18 degrees F) above normal.

While cooling will begin Monday in the U.K. and western France, areas farther east will warm even further as the heart of May-like warm spreads into central Europe.

A powerful Atlantic storm, spinning west of the British Archipelago Saturday and Sunday, will be the warming agent. Mild air will sweep northward ahead of the storm's trailing cold front, driving out the last of the late wintry chill left over from the frosty month of March.

Unusual cold and snow were widespread in Europe during mid to late March, and much of Europe was still much colder than usual for first nine days in April.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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