Temperatures in France to hit 20C over the weekend

France is set for an exceptionally mild start to February with temperatures forecast to reach 20C in the south of the country.

Temperatures in France to hit 20C over the weekend
Biarritz is one of the places forecast to hit 20C on Sunday. Photo: AFP

French weather forecaster Méteo France says that temperatures will be exceptionally mild for the time of year over the weekend and going in to Monday.

The south west of France is expected to get the highest temperatures with cities including Perpignan, Biarritz and Montpellier forecast to see temperatures up to 20C.

Map: Méteo France

Temperatures are expected to be cooler in the north of the country, but even northern France will reach a respectable 15C, according to the predictions.

So anyone heading to the Stade de France on Sunday to see France take on England in the opening game of the Six Nations won't need their warm scarves and mittens.

“These are certainly very high levels, but still below the record temperatures for early February,” Méteo France told French TV channel BFM.

But although the weather will be mild, northern parts of France can still expect some rain.

This is particularly disappointing for Sunday as this marks France's 'pancake day' la chandeleur. Tradition says that if it rains on la chandeleur, it will rain for the next 40 days.

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It will be drier in the south with sunshine and cloud.




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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.