France’s Siberian chill looks set to hang around longer than expected

The subzero temperatures in France aren't going away - and the Mercury won't rise again until Monday, say meteorologists.

France's Siberian chill looks set to hang around longer than expected
The town of Chatelblanc in the Jura, eastern France. Photo: AFP
With the coldest temperature in France nudging -20C on Wednesday, you'd be forgiven for thinking the temperatures would surely be set to rise. 
But you'd be wrong. 
“We can't call it a peak, it's a plateau,” Christelle Robert at national agency Météo France said. 
And it's going to hang around until the end of the week, it seems. 
Subzero temperatures, sometimes well below seasonal norms, “will continue until Monday, especially on the northern half of France,” Robert added.
She added that temperatures may begin to rise as early as Saturday for the southern half of France. 
Minimum temperatures for Thursday are tipped to be between -5C and -9C in the north, -7C and -12C in the centre of France and in the Alps, and -4C and 2C around the Mediterranean and in Brittany. 
Temperatures in France have been particularly chilly this week, with the Mercury dipping so low in Paris on Wednesday that it was colder than some of Europe's typically coldest capitals (even including Reykjavik!)
It was far colder elsewhere in France, with -19.3C recorded in eastern France's Arbent, Chamonix in the Alps recording -18C, and -12C in Aurillac in south central France.  
Here's a look at what you can expect for the rest of the week, or click here for the full and interactive forecasts.  
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