Many residents and travelers across Europe should be able to leave the heavy jackets in the closet for this week.
A mild ridge of high pressure will keep much of Europe warmer than average into the weekend.
Temperatures across England and Wales will rise into the upper teens to near 20 degrees C (mid- to upper 60s F) throughout the week which is around 5 degrees C above average for mid to latter October.
Meanwhile, Frankfort, Germany, and Paris, France will also encounter temperatures of at least 5 degrees C above average for the upcoming week as daytime highs reach and perhaps even surpass 20 degrees C at times.
A man cycles in the warm sun at the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The center of the warm high pressure ridge will set up across eastern Europe throughout the week setting the stage for the predicted above-average temperatures.
This means that Romania, Bulgaria, and surrounding areas in eastern Europe will also see temperatures soar above average for highs as well. Bucharest, Romania will rise into the low 20s degree C (low 70s F) at times, while Sofia, Bulgaria could see temperatures well into the mid-20s (near 80 F).
Despite the milder weather, the position of the high over eastern Europe will promote opportunities for showers and rain at times across western Europe and especially the United Kingdom.
Across London, U.K., every day has a chance of at least a shower or two in the forecast. However, there will be some opportunities for breaks of sunshine in between the rain chances. Along coastal sections of the United Kingdom and Ireland, strong south to southwest winds will blow at times making it feel cooler than inland locations.
Farther south in Spain, rain showers and clouds through Wednesday will keep temperatures from rising to above average until the end of the work week when another round of showers will arrive.
A tropical threat from the Atlantic on the United States and Caribbean islands may increase into next week.
United States residents may pay higher heating costs this fall as colder air is expected to grip the Rockies and Plains at times and some quick-hitting chilly shots may impact the Northeast.
Rescue efforts are underway in Hiroshima, Japan, after several landslides buried people and caused severe damage on Wednesday morning, local time.
Monsoonal moisture from the tropics slammed the Phoenix area and other parts of the Southwest with heavy rainfall, causing flooding in the region.
A long-lived and intense thunderstorm dumped hail that ended up being measured in feet in some parts of Mexico City Sunday afternoon and evening.
A zone of thundery rain with the risk of flooding and travel delays will occur into the weekend from the northern Plains to the central Appalachians and part of the mid-Atlantic.
Fayetteville, NC (1983)
110 degrees, all-time high for the state.
Pueblo, CO (1984)
State fair was closed during vicious hailstorm. Nine people were hurt, one seriously. Damage totalled $40 million, and 500 light bulbs were broken by the hail.
Thunder Bay/ Lake Huron, MI (1863)
"One of the most violent hurricanes (wrong name) experienced by mariners for many years swept over Lake Huron, doing extensive damage to vessels." Ships lost sails and had masts taken off 30 feet above deck.