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Northern France and Paris region braced for more snow on Friday

Northern France and Paris are on alert for more snow and ice on Friday, with further snow forecast to hit the region. There could be up to as much as 10cm in local areas.

Northern France and Paris region braced for more snow on Friday
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More snow is on the way for northern France and the Paris region, where transport ground to a halt this week after 15cm fell overnight on Tuesday.

The forecast has prompted police in Paris to warn drivers not to take their cars on Friday.

That's the fourth day running that motorists in the Île-de-France region have been urged not to get behind the wheel by authorities, in order to avoid the kind of traffic chaos that led to a record number of traffic jams on Tuesday evening as the snow fell.

“Motorists who take their cars on Friday morning, despite the presence of ice and the forecast of more snow must realise there is a risk they won't be able to use their cars to return in the afternoon or evening,” said the police.

According to the police department a new front heading in from the west will bring snow showers during the morning.

The front will bring rain to Brittany and Western France but that will turn to snow over Normandy as it heads towards the Paris region.

“This episode should result in between 4cm and 7cm of snow and up to 10cm in places,” said the police.

The new snowfalls will not just impact Paris but much of north and eastern France as the map in the tweet below shows. 

Meteo France says the new episode of snow won't be as heavy as Tuesday night's but will begin on Thursday night and cover a large area of France, from Limousin to the Belgian border.

Later on Thursday Méteo France placed 27 departments on alert due to the snow forecast on Friday.

 

 

 

On Thursday Météo France, the country's weather service said the cold and the freezing of the snow and slush mean there was a real danger of vehicles skidding on black ice.

And train services in the region were still not running as normal due to the freezing temperatures overnight.

The situation had improved slightly on the rails, with SNCF saying two out of three trains would be operating on Thursday compared to only 50 percent on Wednesday. 

 
Weather forecast 7am-1pm Friday. Map: Meteo France
 
Temperatures in Paris on Friday are expected to reach lows of -3C and highs of 4C, meaning Parisians will be reaching for their woolly hats for a few days yet. 
 
 
 

 

 

CLIMATE CRISIS

Scorching summer was France’s second hottest on record

Three heatwaves since June produced France's second-hottest summer since records began in 1900, the Météo France weather service said on Tuesday, warning that scorching temperatures will be increasingly common as the climate crisis intensifies.

Scorching summer was France's second hottest on record

With 33 days of extreme heat overall, average temperatures for June, July and August were 2.3C above normal for the period of 1991-2020.

It was surpassed only by the 2003 heatwave that caught much of France unprepared for prolonged scorching conditions, leading to nearly 15,000 heat-related deaths, mainly among the elderly.

Data is not yet available for heat-related deaths this summer, but it is likely to be significantly lower than 15,000 thanks to preventative measures taken by local and national authorities. 

Most experts attribute the rising temperatures to the climate crisis, with Météo France noting that over the past eight summers in France, six have been among the 10-hottest ever.

By 2050, “we expect that around half of summer seasons will be at comparable temperatures, if not higher,” even if greenhouse gas emissions are contained, the agency’s research director Samuel Morin said at a press conference.

The heat helped drive a series of wildfires across France this summer, in particular a huge blaze in the southwest that burned for more than a month and blackened 20,000 hectares. 

Unusually, wildfires also broke out even in the normally cooler north of the country, and in total an area five times the size of Paris burned over the summer. 

Adding to the misery was a record drought that required widespread limits on water use, with July the driest month since 1961 – many areas still have water restrictions in place.

MAP: Where in France are there water restrictions and what do they mean?

Forecasters have also warned that autumn storms around the Mediterranean – a regular event as air temperatures cool – will be unusually intense this year because of the very high summer temperatures. A storm that hit the island of Corsica in mid August claimed six lives. 

“The summer we’ve just been through is a powerful call to order,” Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Monday, laying out her priorities for an “ecological planning” programme to guide France’s efforts against climate change.

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