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Paris beach set to open under cloudy skies

Matthew Warren · 20 Jul 2011, 07:49

Published: 20 Jul 2011 10:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Jul 2011 07:49 GMT+02:00

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For the tenth year running, the annual summer beach along the Seine known as Paris Plages is about to offer Parisians an escape from the city's usual sweltering heat.

The only problem this year is that the weather is more characteristic of autumn than summer. 


Six barges from Bernières in Normandy brought six tonnes of sand into the capital on Tuesday, more than ever before. The beach will be in three locations this year, the longest running for one kilometre along the city's right bank between the Louvre and the Hôtel de Ville.


As the sand was unloaded, there was rain for most of the day and temperatures barely reached 17˚C. Temperatures of just 14˚C are expected for the morning of the beach's launch on Thursday. National weather forecaster Météo France does not offer much hope for the next week. Rain is forecast every day until next Wednesday, July 27th, when sun and a high of 24˚C are expected.


Optimistic organisers are undeterred. Around 250 deck chairs and 280 parasols will line the beaches, as well as a wide range of activities for adults and children. Dance lessons, table football and an aquagym will all be on offer. The city has also organised a series of concerts that will take place in front of the Hôtel de Ville from July 21st to 24th.


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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