Damp, March-like chill will span much of western Europe this week, spreading over much of England, France and western Germany.
Daytime temperatures will top out 5 to as many as 10 degrees C (10-18 F) below normal in an area from London and Amsterdam to Paris, Frankfurt and Zurich. Persistent clouds with outbreaks of rain will only accentuate the chill.
Travelers to the region may need to pack some cold-weather clothes.
Thursday and Friday will have some of the coldest, rainiest daytime weather, having high temperatures little above 10 degrees C (50 F) in many parts of England, the Low Countries, France, Switzerland and western Germany. Normal highs this time of year are about 16 degrees C (16 F) in Amsterdam, 17 degrees C (63 F) in London and near 20 degrees C (68 F) from Paris to Frankfurt.
The rain-snow level will be unusually low, low enough at times for snow to fall in hilly areas from Great Britain to western Germany and the Alpine foothills of Switzerland and France.
Cool, unsettled weather may hang over western Europe well into next week as well.
Meanwhile, anyone looking for summerlike warmth need not look any further than eastern Europe, western Russia and even Scandinavia. The month of May thus far has been unusually warm over a wide area, and it is forecast to remain so into at least next week.
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