Record high temperatures in several cities on Monday made this the second warmest winter France has seen since it started registering meteorological data in 1900, according to French weather forecaster Méteo France.
The highest temperature was recorded in Seillans, in the Var département in south east France. Thermometers in Seillans showed 27C on Monday around lunch time, according to Méteo France.
Neighbouring towns Luc-en-Provence (25.8C), Hyeres (23.3C), Fréjus (26.2C) and Bormes-les-Mimosas (25.8C) also beat their February record temperatures.
— La Chaîne Météo (@lachainemeteo) February 3, 2020
But the south east was not the only side of the country to be unusually warm on Monday.
In the south west several cities saw temperatures climbing well over the 20C point mark. In Biarritz and Pau temperatures hit 25.7C and 24.3C respectively.
Even the country’s lowest registered temperatures were higher than was usual for February, Météo France said.
Nouveaux records mensuels battus cette nuit avec des records de minimale élevée pour un mois de février :
▶️14.7°C Clermont-Ferrand (12.5°C/1997)
▶️18°C Calvi (15°C/1990)
▶️16.3°C Sète (13.6°C/2016)
▶️15.3°C Montpellier (14.5°C/2016)
(liste non exhaustive)
— Météo-France (@meteofrance) February 3, 2020
In a tweet, the French Environment Ministry said the “new record high temperatures” were a sign that “the surface of the earth is heating up.”
The Ministry said it “feared alarming consequences for biodiversity,” and that a “general mobilisation” was the only way to tackle the problem.
De nouveaux records de température battus à la hausse, la surface du globe qui se réchauffe… c'est ce que traverse l'Europe cet hiver.
— Ministère Écologie ?? (@Min_Ecologie) February 3, 2020