Au revoir spring: France set for a return of winter weather

The mercury is set to dip dramatically in France over the coming days just when you'd have been forgiven for thinking winter was over. There could even more more snow in parts of the country.

Au revoir spring: France set for a return of winter weather
File photo: AFP

Just as the country began eagerly anticipating the full arrival of spring sunshine, France's national weather agency Meteo France has announced yet another cold snap is set to hit at the weekend. 

After a few days of rain and temperatures of between 10C and 17C around the country, the mercury will drop by around 10C on Saturday through to Monday, the weather agency said. 
That means that after a short taste of spring, the cold snap will see temperatures plummet to between -4C and 2C due to another cold blast from Siberia.
In Paris temperatures look set to drop to 1C on Saturday with a chance of snow, while in Brittany temperatures will be at around 4C. 
There is also the prospect of snow in Normandy. 
The map below from La Chaine Météo shows the parts of France that could see snow at the weekend.
Weather predictions for Sunday 7am-1pm. Map: Meteo France
Frost is predicted to hit most of the north of the country and there could be widespread snowfalls too.
However it's unlikely we'll see the snowy scenes of the end of February as the ground is likely to be too warm for it to settle. 
Weather predictions for Monday 1am-7am. Map: Meteo France
Authorities have said it is possible that 1-2cm will hit parts of the north of France including the Aisne department, as well as the Oise and Somme departments on Monday.
The cold snap could continue until Tuesday, Meteo France said. 


South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday.