WSI sees mild weather for UK, cold for east Europe

LONDON Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:42am EST

Snow is cleared at Heathrow airport in west London December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Snow is cleared at Heathrow airport in west London December 21, 2010.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Unseasonably cold weather in eastern Europe is likely to linger into March, but Britain looks set to enjoy slightly milder than normal temperatures over coming months, U.S.-based Weather Services International (WSI) said on Monday.

The specialist in forecasts for the weather-sensitive energy industry said in late January it expected abnormally cold weather to return to much of northern Europe toward the end of February.

During the last couple of weeks Nordic regions and eastern Europe have seen colder than normal temperatures. But Britain, which suffered one of the coldest starts to winter on record in late 2010, has been relatively warm since mid January.

"The UK has been caught in the middle between the persistent cold Scandinavian ridging and the stormy, warmer cyclonic flow in the eastern Atlantic, resulting in near to slightly above-normal temperatures there," WSI Chief Meteorologist Todd Crawford said.

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