FRANKFURT Dec 10 Europe is expected to have
mild weather in the main winter months of January and February
after a cold snap in December, German meteorologist Georg
Mueller said in a monthly report on Monday.
"The general trend is still on the mild side for the main
winter months (January and February) for northern Europe," said
Mueller, who monitors weather on behalf of Point Carbon, a
Thomson Reuters company.
He said apart from December, no major cold and dry spells
were expected. Extremely wet and mild weather was also not
likely as southern Europe in particular could be under the
influence of high pressure.
Mueller concluded that temperatures were likely to be near
normal and precipitation near or below normal, with no major
Forecasts of likely weather patterns over the winter are
important for electricity and gas companies which need to assess
consumer demand for heating and lighting.
The power market in Europe is particularly vulnerable this
winter because supply is tighter than in previous seasons.
Germany has taken a large chunk of nuclear capacity out of
operation, Belgium is struggling with some unexpected reactor
faults and French supply security is challenged by an ageing
December in Europe so far has turned out colder than weather
forecasts predicted in November. Temperatures are sub-zero and
there has been heavy snowfall in parts of the region.
Another energy specialist, Weather Services International
(WSI), last month said it expected warmer than usual
temperatures between December and February for Europe, except
for Britain and the Iberian peninsula.
(Reporting by Vera Eckert; Editing by Jane Merriman)