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Paris region to be hit by fresh snowfall on Tuesday

Just a few days after Paris was treated to its first proper snowfall in years, more flakes are expected to fall over the French capital and surrounding areas on Tuesday afternoon.

Paris region to be hit by fresh snowfall on Tuesday
Photo: AFP
Parisians aren't quite free of their short burst of winter yet. 
 
More snow is set to arrive in the capital and greater Paris region of Île-de-France from the west of France at around midday on Tuesday, according to national weather agency Meteo France.
 
However it's unlikely Parisians will see the winter wonderland scenes of last week, with forecasts saying that it will leave a white blanket of just 1cm-3cm.  
 
Weather predictions on Tuesday, 1pm-7pm. Photo: Meteo France
 
Nevertheless, the Paris police have recommended that “Parisians avoid car travel whenever possible” recommending that they use public transport instead. 
 
They have also been told to “avoid routes in the western part of Île-de-France.”
 
The department of Yvelines to the west of the city is due to be most affected by the snow, which is expected to last until early Tuesday evening. 
 
The French capital and surrounding area has been placed on yellow alert — the third highest level of warning — for snowfall along with much of the country. 
 
In parts of the northern region of Normandy and Pays de la Loire in the west, the weather agency is also predicting 1cm-3cm of snow. 
 
And people outside the capital have been warned to be vigilant when it comes to ice, with worries that the snow could mix with rain, which is also in the forecast, to create icy conditions for drivers. 
 
Low temperatures overnight are expected to increase this likelihood. 
 
Last week Paris was treated to its first proper snowfall in years, making the French capital look more beautiful than ever.

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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