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While the main focus is on the volatile environment across the North Atlantic and western Europe these days, such pattern is usually responsible for upper-level ridging over Europe. Resulting in much above normal temperatures. This weekend, an extreme warmth develop over central Europe first, gradually spreading across eastern Europe and the Balkan peninsula until Tuesday.

Looking over the 500 mbar, 850 mbar and 2m temperature charts we can see an extreme negative anomaly of geopotential heights are spread across the North Atlantic – that is the extremely deep and large extra-tropical cyclone #Dennis. To the east of this feature, the upper-level ridge is strengthening across Europe. A powerful jet stream between these systems is delivering much warmer airmass across our continent. The air mass under the building ridge also warms up significantly and results in extreme anomalies of more than 16 °C at 850 mbar. Also, the near-surface layers will be very warm, excluding the areas where thermal inversion layers limit higher temperatures.

Saturday, Feb 16th 12 UTC

Sunday, Feb 17th 00 UTC

Sunday, Feb 17th 12 UTC

Monday, Feb 18th 00 UTC

Monday, Feb 18th 12 UTC

Close-up view across the Balkan peninsula on Sunday’s night – notice how extreme warmth develops over the northern parts and over the Alps! Even more than 16 °C (and more than 20 °C anomaly) at 850 mbar, that is at approx. 1500 m ASL. That’s pretty remarkable for this level and will lead to additional snow melting in higher elevations. Lowlands will often be trapped under the inversion layer, so temperatures will not be extremely high.

850 mbar temperature:

850 mbar temperature anomaly:

See also – the ongoing violent extra-tropical cyclone #Dennis over the North Atlantic, challenging the record low pressure values over the region:

A ‘bomb cyclone’ #Dennis could challenge the most intense North Atlantic cyclones on record this weekend – expected to bottom at around 915 mbar and push a severe windstorm towards western Europe


On Thursday, there was a “Day After Tomorrow” satellite look-alike presentation over the North Pacific and North Atlantic:

Day after tomorrow? No, but we are facing two impressive extra-tropical cyclones right now – one over the North Pacific and another over the North Atlantic



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