The weather roller coaster continues for western Europe with more warmth this week followed by a sharp turn to colder.
The recent weather has been a significant improvement compared to early spring for a large portion of western Europe. Temperatures have been frequently at or above normal for the major cities in the region, including London and Paris.
In the short term it looks as though this weather will remain on track, with high pressure aloft settling in over France by midweek, bringing warm Atlantic air northward into the region.
For England and Spain, the warmth this week will likely peak around Wednesday. For France and central Europe, it will likely come sometime around Thursday.
A storm system near Iceland will dive south on Thursday over the U.K. and move southward towards Spain on Friday and Saturday.
As expected with a storm that originates in the northern Atlantic, cold air will flood the region as a result.
Luckily, the system is largely dry. However, it will be so cold any shower that occurs across the Scottish Highlands will likely be mixed with snow.
While the biting cold won't reach farther east into eastern Europe and Russia, those places won't have it that great either, as the pattern for them will feature frequent rainstorms this weekend into early next week.
Matthew has become a hurricane in the Caribbean and may approach the U.S. during next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
Persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic into Friday night, while rain will spread over the balance of the northeastern United States into the weekend.
Millions of people across the U.S. could be exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals from firefighting foam, according to a recent study.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
The holiday weekend will start on an unsettled note, but the weather should improve by Day of German Unity celebrations on Monday.
Lander, NY (1982)
15.4 inches of of snow (29th-30th). Total of 32.9 inches for month (Sept. record).
Record dry September: Pittsburgh, PA - Only 0.28" this month; driest September on record (old record 0.57 inches in 1893) Greensboro, NC - Driest month ever (only a trace of rain) Columbia, SC - Only 0.07" of rain.
Central and Western NY (1991)
Record cold morning; Buffalo, had 32 degrees, tying the all-time September low. Syracuse dropped to 28 degrees, breaking the old record of 32 set in 1942. Albany hit 28, erasing the 29-degree mark of 1951. Other lows (not official records) included: 21 degrees at Angelica, 22 at Watertown, 24 at Ithaca and 25 at Elmira.