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Icy blast heads for France as temperatures tumble

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Icy blast heads for France as temperatures tumble
There will be heavy snowfall above 1,000 metres altitude. Photo: AFP
10:29 CET+01:00
An icy blast is heading for France as temperatures drop sharply this week, with the addition of strong winds.

It's time for big coats, fondue and winter-weight duvets as the temperatures drop sharply in France this week and winter truly begins.

A large low pressure weather system is set to bring a lot of rain, wind and - at medium altitude heights or above - heavy snowfall.

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Throughout the week, minimum temperatures will range from -2 to 7C in northern and central France, and 10C near the Mediterranean, said French weather forecaster France Météo.

In the afternoon, the maximum temperature will range from 5 to 8C in the east, from 9 to 11C towards the Atlantic and 12 to 13C around the Mediterranean. 

The temperatures are largely to be expected in winter, although they will be 2C to 5C below the seasonal average and colder than the January averages for France.

From Thursday onwards a deep depression will bring wilder weather - heavy rain, strong winds, storm and heavy snowfalls on higher ground, especially in the east of the country.

 

Stormy winds will hit both the Atlantic and Mediterranean costs and large amounts of snow will fall in the Alps and Pyrenees.

 

 
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