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London Forecast to Have a Milder Winter, AccuWeather Says

October 27, 2011

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The coming London winter won’t be a repeat of last year’s cold and snowy season, according to Alan Reppert, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.

Temperatures in London will be closer to the normal 5.6 degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit), and there should be about 140 millimeters of rain, the average, Reppert said in a statement from the State College, Pennsylvania-based forecaster.

“London won’t be having a white winter,” AccuWeather said. “The warmer weather will help to make for much less snow than what was seen last year over the U.K., and also a much later start to winter than was seen last year.”

Last year, areas just outside the city received 300 millimeters (12 inches) of snow and temperatures were about 4.2 degrees below normal, AccuWeather said. Snow fell in London in November.

Elsewhere in Europe, Germany will start out with temperatures around zero, which is normal, and milder weather is expected as the season wears on, according to AccuWeather.

“Germany can expect a mundane winter,” the company said. “There will be mainly rain close to the coast and snow in most of central and southern Germany.”

Spain and Portugal will be dry as a summer drought extends into the winter, raising the risk of wildfires, according to AccuWeather. The mountains of Italy should receive significant snow, with the weather becoming mild by the second half of the season.

France is expected to have a normal start to the season and a mild second half, AccuWeather said.

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

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