For meteorologists and climatologists, winter already starts on December 1. Of course we already notice that the temperature is dropping, but what does this winter have in store for us? We ask Jaco van Wezel, meteorologist at Weeronline,
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Jaco van Wezel: “In the first weeks of December there is a high chance of high pressure areas above our country. This ensures a calm weather type with little wind and precipitation, but with frost and fog in the nights.”
Jaco continues: “At the beginning of December, the average temperature is around 7 degrees during the day and the minimum temperature is around 2 degrees. If the sun breaks through well during the day, it can get warmer than 7 degrees, but with persistent fog or low clouds it can stay chilly all day long with temperatures below 5 degrees.”
Cold or mild winter?
But if we look beyond December, what kind of winter will we get? With a blow to the arm, it looks like we won’t get a harsh winter.
Jaco: “If the high pressure areas are above the British Isles, we will get northwesterly winds with winter showers. If they are right above our heads, the risk of frost and fog increases at night. If the high-pressure areas are more above Scandinavia, an easterly to northeasterly wind will rise. This would then bring cold winter weather. For February, the signals are provisionally at soft, wet and windy, because the wind will probably bring in unsettled weather from the soft Atlantic Ocean.”