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Weather: the mildness settles in the Southwest, and it continues on Monday

This weekend, temperatures are above 20 degrees in places, measures much higher than seasonal averages. A sweetness that should continue at least until Monday.

Since the weekend, the weather has settled in France with temperatures higher than the seasonal averages. A phenomenon observed this weekend with a mercury which displays measures greater than 20 degrees from Bordeaux to the Basque Country.

Thus, this Sunday morning, our journalist already noted 22 degrees at Saint-Jean-de-Luz at 11 h. A region where the maximum average temperature in February revolves around 13 degrees. We are still far from 28, 9 ° C, a remarkable temperature reached on 28 February 1960 in Biarritz.

19 degrees at 9 o'clock.

22 degrees to 11 hours.

Who says better? # SaintJeanDeLuz # PaysBasque # February pic.twitter.com/6iJ91 RnmUo

– Vincent Dewitte (@VDewitte) February 2, 2020

Even sweeter Monday, until 27 degrees in the Basque Country

Monday February 3, the peak of remarkable sweetness should be reached , especially in the region with temperatures often 5 to 10 degrees above the season averages, even more locally. Thus high maximum temperature records for early February could be broken in many cities in the southern half. We wait until 23 at 25 Degrees in the Southwest.

More concretely, the maximums will greatly exceed the 20 ° C Sunday in the South, with 23 – 24 ° C expected between Biarritz and Perpignan. But the “sweet peak” is expected on Monday, with 25 ° C planned in Tarbes, 26 ° C in Perpignan, 26 ° C or 27 ° C locally in the Basque country, ie “values ​​close to the averages for a month in June” specifies François Jobard, forecaster at Météo-France.

node 83 c uDF 21 ufe0f 7 ° C at #Biarritz this February 2 2020, it doesn’t had never been so sweet “so early in the season” *,

-> record for the first decade of February, old 23. 5 ° C on 6 / 02 / 2004.

on Janvie r / February in any case, because it has already done 24 ° C around Christmas (in 1983 and in 2012). https://t.co/9ZLfjZziKl

— Francois Jobard (@Francois_Jobard) February 2, 2020

Why is it so mild?

If going to the beach in France at the beginning of February may seem good news at first, don't be mistaken, this “wave of sweetness” is same trends as the summer heat waves intensified by global warming. “Above all, it's the weather, with west-southwest air currents that bring us warm air from the Azores and the subtropical Atlantic,” said François Jobard, a weather forecaster on Sunday. -France.

But with global warming, “globally we have warmer air masses than before, therefore with an equal meteorological situation, we tend to beat more records of warmth than in the past “, he added. And in the mountains, this remarkable warmth, with temperatures of around 10 ° C above normal, increases the risk of avalanches. Thus, Savoie and Haute-Savoie are on the alert orange avalanche.

One of the hottest beginnings of winter

Friday, Météo France confirmed that “the bimaster constituted by the first two months of winter 2019 – 2020 is the second softest in France since the start of the surveys (at least since 1900) “. According to the weather agency, the national average temperature over these two months” is 7.6 ° C, a positive anomaly of 2.3 degrees above the climatological average over this period, which is 5.3 ° C “.

Beaucoup de monde sur les terrasses de la Place Louis-XIV à Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Many crowded on the terraces of Place Louis-XIV in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Photo credit: Vincent Dewitte

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