Obviously spring is a season of unsettled weather with ups and downs. However, this spring seems to follow almost strictly wintry or summer patterns.

 

In the satellite image you may observe snow covered Scandinavia and African dust over southeast Europe.

 

You may see the current observations in Thessaloniki HERE.

During the last week, extreme weather was observed across Europe forming a weather dipole between north and south countries. Snowfalls occurred in Scandinavia and Russia, while an unusual heat wave for the season took place in Greece.

In particular, the temperature in northern Europe was observed to be in general higher than the average for May by 8-10°C (without breaking any record). However, negative temperatures were observed in many places (e.g. in Stockholm the temperature dropped to -2°C ον 14/5/2020). In the following chart you may see temperature deviations from the temperature average of this season on 16/5/2020. It should be highlighted that the entire week (11-17/5/2020) the situation was more or less in the same pattern.

 

 

In contrast, in the southeast corner of Europe, we observed the highest temperatures ever for the month of May. In Athens and Thessaloniki (two biggest cities in Greece) the temperatures reached the extreme highest values for this month (36°C and 33°C respectively). The highest ever temperature for May was recoerded in southern Greece, in Sparta, where the weather station recorded a highest value of slightly above than 40°C.

The following videos showing this weather contrast over Europe. The first three videos come from Russia and Norway:

 

In contrast, Greeks searched for a cool place by the sea close by the large urban regions. The first video is from Epanomi (Thessaloniki) and the second from Vouliagmeni (Athens):