The reason why it’s been so mild

You don’t have to look too far to find the reasons why the first two weeks of January have been so mild across IONA and the rest of Europe, and that is because of the higher than average pressure over central France (+8.8 hPa) and much lower than average pressure towards Jan Mayen (-23.1 hPa). Between the two of them, they have put the squeeze on the southwesterly flow which extends right from Nova Scotia in the west, right into the heart of Russia in the east.

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