Europe weather seen normal over next few months

FRANKFURT, Oct 8 (Reuters) - European weather over the nextfew months should be near normal for autumn, with no major wetand windy spells, German meteorologist Georg Mueller said onMonday.

"Some colder spells (are) possible, especially over thecontinent in later autumn and the first half of winter, but (theweather is) likely (to be) more unsettled and wetter theretowards the end of winter," he wrote in a seasonal update forPoint Carbon, a Thomson Reuters company.

He confirmed a forecast made a month ago for a generallymild winter over Central Europe, with little chance ofextremes. The Nordic region could see some colderand drier episodes, he added.

Temperatures and rain over the next few weeks should be inline with long-term averages.

Weather Services International (WSI) last month predicted awarmer-than-average start to the European winterseason.

Providers of power and gas for heating and lighting need togauge likely weather patterns, which drive consumer demand andutility buying of commodities such as coal and gas.

As Europe nears its peak winter period, the market isparticularly vulnerable this year to any sudden shifts inweather and demand, which could create price spikes, becausesupply is tighter than in recent seasons. Germany has taken alarge chunk of nuclear capacity out of operation, and France andBelgium are struggling with aging reactors.

(Reporting by Vera Eckert; editing by Jane Baird)

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