An Arctic outbreak into east-central Europe and Balkan peninsula through early January (Jan 2 – 6th)

The new year starts with a significant pattern change and a strong Arctic cold airmass outbreak across the eastern half of Europe, including east-central Europe, Balkan peninsula, parts of Mediterranean and black Sea / Turkey region. After Jan 3rd, a few very cold days are expected over these areas with temperatures locally more than 10 °C below normal. Let us take a look over a daily evolution of the cold outbreak from January 1st until the 6th – the persisting ridge across the western Europe strengthens significantly and expands into N Atlantic, resulting in channeling of meridional flow from the Arctic region far towards south. A very deep trough / upper low develops over northeastern Europe and pushes a strong … Continue reading An Arctic outbreak into east-central Europe and Balkan peninsula through early January (Jan 2 – 6th)