France braced for an icy blast with frost and snow forecast for weekend

France is braced for an icy blast over the weekend as a polar vortex brings rain, frost and snow in some parts of the north of the country.

France braced for an icy blast with frost and snow forecast for weekend
Vineyard owners are being warned about frost over the weekend. Photo: AFP

Temperatures are forecast to dip sharply on Friday evening with temperatures more usually seen in March than May, said French weather forecaster La Chaine Meteo.

Rain is forecast overnight into Saturday, but northern areas including the Aisne, the Somme, the Oise and the Nord could also see some snow.

Snow is forecast in several parts of the country overnight on Sunday. Image Météo France


Snow showers are also forecast in the Ardennes and at low altitude, from 600 metres, over the Vosges and the northern Alps.

The snow is not expected to lie, but temperatures are not expected to rise about 10C in northern France.

In the south, temperatures will be much milder, between 12C and 20C.

However strong winds are forecast for Sunday, with gusts of up to 90 to 100 km/h in the Rhône Valley.

In bad new for farmers, there are also expected to be some ground frosts until temperatures start to climb again from Monday.


French vocab

Arctic vortex – descente d’air polaire arctique

Snow – la neige

Frost – le gel

Weather warning – un avertissement météo


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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.