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Mercury rises as France welcomes in spring

Ben McPartland · 7 Mar 2014, 10:22

Published: 07 Mar 2014 10:22 GMT+01:00

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After one of the wettest and windiest winters on record France will welcome in spring this weekend with temperatures already having hit 21°C in parts of the country.

It looks like winter is well and truly over in France, even though it never really got started.

Data shows that temperatures in France in January and February were 1.8°C higher than average, making it the second warmest winter on record since 1900.

However it was also one of the wettest, with more rain falling in Brittany and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur that at any time since 1959, which is why the sun has been welcomed back with open arms in France.

In Paris temperatures will be a mild 17°C over the weekend and even higher in the south of France. Thermometres do not normally reach this high until the beginning of May, forecasters say. Click here for a more comprehensive weather forecast.

On Thursday the mercury reached 21°C in Toulon on the French Riviera.

And the good news is fine weather is set to continue for at least a week, which should help to allow the high levels of ground water to recede after weeks of torrential rain.

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The only downside to the return of the warm weather is that pollution levels in Paris are at their highest, as this map from pollution monitors AirParif suggests.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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