Europe’s Winter Freeze Set to Give Way to Milder December

(Bloomberg) -- Europe’s icy start to December is forecast to give way to milder conditions as the month progresses, providing relief to the region’s energy systems.

Above-average temperatures are expected for the UK, France and Germany, while extreme cold will linger across Scandinavia and northern Scotland, according to meteorologists surveyed by Bloomberg. Spain, Turkey and the Balkans are also expected to be warmer than usual.

“That said, brief bouts of cold air intrusion into western and central Europe cannot be ruled out, especially so in the days leading into January,” according to Matthew Dross, a meteorologist at forecaster Maxar Technologies Inc.

The outlook for a mild December comes after an unusually warm autumn delayed the start of Europe’s heating season, preserving stockpiled gas. Climate change has made 2023 the hottest year on record, with intensifying heat waves triggering wildfires, storms and flooding.

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