France faces scorching weekend with temperatures set to hit 38C

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France faces scorching weekend with temperatures set to hit 38C
Holidaymakers enjoy the beach at Canet-en-Roussillon in southern France. Photo: AFP

For anyone in France this weekend it might be time to think about reserving your spot in the shade as temperatures rise and the mercury gets set to hit a scorching 38C in parts of the country.


It's certainly not time to skimp on the suncream if you are in France this weekend. 
France is set for scorching weekend with most of the country expecting temperatures in the mid-high 30s, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France
"The highest temperatures are expected on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from the south west to central eastern areas," said the weather agency, adding that "in these areas, the 35C mark will be exceeded in places."

On Saturday, the mercury will reach highs of 32C-37C in the south west and central eastern areas of the country and 27C-34C around the Mediterranean, according to Meteo France. 

Meanwhile on Sunday, swathes of the south and central areas are expected to be hit by temperatures as high as 34C-37C, with the mercury reaching a sizzling 38C in certain areas. 
Weather forecast for Saturday morning. Photo: Meteo France 
On Monday, Meteo France has said temperatures could exceed 30C across the whole of the country. 
The coolest temperatures during this period will be found in the areas closes to the Channel where the mercury is predicted to sit at a far cooler 23C-29C. 
But even if you're in one of the hottest parts of the country, you don't need to worry about missing out on your sleep because thankfully the nights are set to be a fairly mild 20C. 
Weather forecast: What's on the horizon for France this summer?
Photo: AFP
The agency, which released their summer forecast for Europe on Wednesday said that France "should experience warmer than normal conditions" this summer.  
The reason for this, they said, is down to "anticyclonic conditions" -- a weather phenomenon that sees a large-scale circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure which can lead to clear skies and cooler, drier air.



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