Temperatures peak at 27C in southern France in February record

Temperatures peak at 27C in southern France in February record
Temperatures climbed over the 25C degree mark in Biarritz on Monday. Photo: AFP
In what was an exceptionally mild start to what is usually the grayest, coldest month of the year, temperatures climbed over 25C in several parts of southern France on Monday.

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.


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. 


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.



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