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Between the start of December and the tip of February, the mercury ought to exceed seasonal norms in France by “around two degrees”, Météo France introduced on Thursday. This is the sixth consecutive 12 months that the temperatures of the three winter months have been at the least 0.8°C hotter than the averages of the final three a long time.

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The winters comply with each other and are comparable in France. Rain nearly in every single place and sometimes spring-like temperatures earlier than their time: after a very gentle autumn, the winter of 2023-2024 is the third warmest ever measured in France and ends with an excessively gentle month of February, once more signal of worldwide warming.

Between the start of December and the tip of February, historically the coldest interval of the 12 months, the mercury ought to exceed “by about two degrees” the normals for the interval 1991-2020, behind the winters of 2020 (+2.3°C) and 2016 (+2.1°C), Météo-France introduced on Thursday.

For the sixth 12 months in a row, the temperatures of the three winter months are at the least 0.8°C hotter than the averages of the final three a long time for these months. We have to return to the winter of 2017-2018 (+0.1°C) to seek out temperatures near seasonal norms, Météo-France stated.

With a thermal anomaly of +3.6°C, February 2024 is the second hottest February in historical past, after 1990 (+4°C in comparison with 1991-2020 averages). It's additionally the twenty fifthe months in a row to not fall beneath regular, one other signal that these requirements are rising underneath the impact of worldwide warming.

Shorter winters

These observations are all of the extra notable since in meteorology the normals are calculated from the temperatures of the earlier three a long time, themselves already hotter than the local weather of the pre-industrial period.

In France, the common temperature is taken into account to already be at the least 1.7°C greater than it was earlier than humanity's large emissions of greenhouse gases affected the local weather.

On a world scale too, the thermometer continues to interrupt information: January was the eighth month in a row to be the most well liked ever recorded on the earth, in accordance with the European Copernicus observatory.

For Météo-France, this “rise in temperatures, a consequence of climate change, leads to a shortening of the winter season”.

“Our winters are less cold than before, lasting frosts and snow on the plains are becoming increasingly rare,” underlines the climate forecasting group in a press launch.

Emblematic signal: for the reason that starting of December, solely the interval from January 7 to twenty has been characterised by a very winter episode, which paradoxically stunned everybody a bit of after a reasonably gentle begin to winter.

Freezing temperatures had affected the north of France (-14.7°C recorded in Arras for instance) and the snow, which had fallen on the plains, had significantly disrupted site visitors in a number of locations.

But since January 23, the thermometer has began to rise once more. Peaks of mildness had been reached with common temperatures greater than 6°C above regular. The 25°C mark (warmth threshold) was crossed on Thursday January 25, within the Pyrénées-Orientales and in Hérault.

According to the Weather Channel, by no means since 1930 has the primary half of February been so scorching. This gentle streak continued till February 22.

The winter of 2023-24 was the warmest ever recorded in Alsace since 1947 and it’s tied with the winter of 2020 in Corsica, signifies Météo-France

Excess rain

Despite every little thing, in sure elements of the nation, notably within the north, the impression of a “rotten winter” dominates many minds. The fault is a marked lack of sunshine and sequences of marked and protracted rain in sure areas.

Pas-de-Calais was hit by a number of main floods, and the PACA area additionally skilled two episodes of intense rainfall in February.

Over all the winter, France recorded an extra of rain of round 10% on common.

Relatively excellent news for groundwater, whose state of affairs nonetheless stays precarious, after lengthy months of just about uninterrupted drought.

In sure areas, it even stays dramatic. Thus, Corsica, the Eastern Pyrenees and all the Languedoc-Roussillon area, that are recording their third winter with a big deficit when it comes to precipitation, have hardly seen a drop of rain fall this winter.

Conversely, the surplus rain exceeds 20% in Île-de-France and Hauts-de-France. In Dunkirk and Nice, it’s even greater than 50%.

On the sunny facet, the central-western areas within the Paris basin and the Ardennes look gloomy. The sunshine deficit there has reached 10% to 30%.

Snowflakes had been nearly absent in low and medium mountains (Vosges, Jura, Massif central, Corsica and Pyrenees).

With AFP