Despite a recent taste of spring, winter is not ready to relinquish its command across Europe, including in London, Paris and Berlin, as arctic cold and snow make a comeback.
Arctic air will spend this weekend and Monday pressing southward across northern Europe, erasing any signs of the springlike warmth from Tuesday and Wednesday.
Instead of thinking that the calendar jumped ahead to April or May, as was the case earlier this week, residents may actually wonder if time is being turned backwards to the dead of winter during the upcoming days.
Highs on Monday throughout northern Europe will generally be held between 5 below zero and 4 above zero C (20s and 30s F), a stark contrast to the temperatures that approached or cracked the 15-degree mark C (59 degrees F) this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
The following table not only displays temperature forecasts for select cities in Europe but also gives the warmest high recorded between Tuesday and Wednesday. All numbers are given in Celsius with the temperature in Fahrenheit listed in parenthesis.
|City||Avg.||Recent Springlike High||Sat. Forecast High||Sun. Forecast High||Mon. Forecast High|
|London||9° (48°)||16° (61°)||11° (52°)||6° (43°)||2° (36°)|
|Paris||11° (51°)||15° (59°)||14° (57°)||13° (55°)||4° (40°)|
|Berlin||6° (43°)||12° (53°)||3° (37°)||2° (36°)||0° (32°)|
|Amsterdam||7° (44°)||16° (61°)||8° (46°)||3° (38°)||2° (35°)|
|Brussels||9° (49°)||17° (62°)||10° (50°)||7° (45°)||0° (32°)|
With the arctic outbreak will also come the return of snow to numerous communities.
A band of disruptive snow will first develop across northern parts of Germany and the Netherlands and into neighboring parts of Poland Saturday night, accumulating around 10 cm (4 inches) or more in Berlin, Germany, before the weekend comes to a close.
As the arctic air continues to press southward, there is growing concern of significant windswept snow developing across far northwestern France Monday into Monday night. Those winds could gust between 90 and 105 kph (55 and 65 mph) along the northern coast of the country's Brittany region.
While escaping the snowstorm's worst, several centimeters (a few inches) of snow may even reach Paris early next week.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists will also be monitoring the potential for the northern extent of the accumulating snow to graze far southern England, including London and its southern suburbs, later Sunday through Monday.
The storm responsible for the potential snow there will slam into Brittany, France on Monday morning. Depending on how far north or south this storm tracks, up to 6 inches of snow could fall along the southern coast of England.
Even if the snowstorm bypasses London, the city will still see snowflakes fly. The combination of the arctic air and moisture flowing in from the North Sea will lead to occasional snow showers Sunday through Monday.
Winds will also whip through southern England and coastal France, regardless if the accumulating snow arrives, with the strongest winds in store for Southwest England and Brittany.
This stock photo with St. Paul's Cathedral, London, is the background is courtesy of Christina Clouston/Photos.com.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Evan Duffey contributed to this story.
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