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Storm warning for Paris region with 110km/h winds predicted

Paris and the surrounding areas were placed on alert for storms on Monday, with French weather forecasters predicting heavy rain, hail and winds of up to 110km/h.

Storm warning for Paris region with 110km/h winds predicted
Illustration photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

Twelve départements, including Paris and its suburbs, were placed on orange alert on Monday afternoon as a band of storm clouds formed over northern France.

French weather forecaster Météo France said: “Thunderstorms are already developing over the north-west of the country, as well as over the west of Île-de-France.

“In the middle of the afternoon, a line of thunderstorms is expected to form towards the Centre-Val-de-Loire, to quickly move up and circulate towards Île-de-France and then Hauts-de-France.

Map: Meteo France

“These thunderstorms will give marked temporary rainfall between 10 and 20mm, even 40mm in places, hail and marked electrical activity.

“The risk of violent gusts of wind requires particular vigilance, as they are expected to reach 80km/h to 110 km/h at their peak.”

The département covered by the storm warning are; Aine, Oise, Seine-et-Marne, Loiret, Cher, Yvelines, Val d’Oise, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Val de Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Paris.

Less violent storms are also predicted for the areas marked in yellow on the map.

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Snow forecast in Paris as France shivers in early December chill

The French capital is set to see December snow this weekend, as temperatures dip across the country.

Snow forecast in Paris as France shivers in early December chill

Paris is expected to see its first snow of winter this weekend, with temperatures falling to between one and three degrees.

As France’s hottest year on record enters its final month, a small amount of snow is forecast in the greater Paris region on Friday evening – specifically Yvelines and part of Val-d’Oise, while rain in Essonne will mix with snow. Overnight, flurries are expected in Seine-Saint-Denis and into Paris itself – but no more than a dusting is expected.

Snow, this early in the season, is unusual in the capital. In 2010, 11 centimetres fell on December 9th, paralysing the city’s public transport system. It was the worst snowfall in the city in 25 years – and has not been repeated since. Generally, snow in Paris does not stick around.  

It’s not just the capital that it will feel chilly, Saturday will be cold across a large part of the country, as temperatures finally drop below seasonal norms, by as much as 5 degrees in some parts of France. Rain is forecast in the south, while the north will remain cloudy.

Some light overnight frosts are possible, according to Météo France, while temperatures are expected to reach between 3C and 6C in the north of the country, 7C to 9C further south, and up to 13C around the Mediterranean.

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On Saturday, rain is expected in the south-east, which could bring a few centimetres of snow to the Massif Central at altitudes as low as 400m. 

On Sunday, some light snowfall may occur in the north-east, perhaps spreading as far as the historic Limousin area – but it is not expected to last. 

The Southern Alps should also see some snowfall on Saturday, and again on Sunday afternoon. A few flakes could also fall on the western part of the Pyrenees on Saturday afternoon, forecasters at Météo France said.

The cold spell will be shortlived, with temperatures rising again in the south of the country from Monday-Tuesday, and will do nothing to prevent 2022 setting climate records in France.

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Météo France said that global warming means cold periods in France are indeed increasingly rare and less intense. The winters of 2014 to 2021 were all “above normal”, while four of the five warmest winters on record were in 2007, 2014, 2016 and 2020.

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