Spring Warmth Finally Coming to Western Europe

April 5, 2013; 4:56 AM ET
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Europe, much like the eastern United States, has experienced a very chilly March. Actually, some cities in the Southeast United States had a cooler March than January. April, besides a brief warmup in the Northeast, has started chilly as well.

According to AccuWeather.com Social Media Coordinator Jesse Ferrell, March 2013 ranks as the second coldest March in the United Kingdom ever. Incredibly, March 2013 was colder than December, January or February of this past winter.

There is light at the end of the tunnel for fans of spring weather for both the United States and western Europe.

Interestingly enough, the reason that the warmth will invade the regions is one and the same.

There has been a persistent and strong area of high pressure located near Greenland for the past two months or so. This is indicative of a North Atlantic blocking pattern where this area of high pressure forces cold air from arctic regions to invade the eastern U.S. and also western Europe.

Basically, this cold air has nowhere to go but these areas due to this block. This can be compared to water running down a hill; there is only one way to go.

Springlike warmth will finally come to western and central Europe next week. Some moderation is expected this weekend with temperatures likely to average a few degrees above normal across the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy next week. Highs will approach 70 in Paris late next week or next weekend. This would be the warmest reading so far this year. In fact, Paris has not reached 60 since Oct. 25, 2012.


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