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Weather and heatwave: where will we die of heat in France this summer ?

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The summer trends are clear: Météo-France has unveiled its forecast bulletin for the next three months which cover June, July and august. The public establishment announced conditions that were “warmer than normal” as the most likely for this summer in France. This forecast is aligned with that of the World Meteorological Organization which earlier this year suggested a new heat wave similar to previous years.

A very hot quarter

Météo-France specifies that the scenario of a warmer quarter than normal is the most likely for France with a greater probability for the regions around the Mediterranean. These forecasts are probabilistic and not precise weather forecasts and the organization recalls that there is only a 50% chance of a hotter summer than normal in mainland France, 30% of chance of a normal summer and 20% chance of a colder summer.

In the Mediterranean basin, however, these probabilities rise to around 70% for a warmer summer, 20% for a summer that is consistent with the seasonal norms and 10% for a summer that is colder than the seasonal norms. In other words, we will have to prepare for record temperatures in the south of France where the thermometer could exceed 40 degrees during the day.

That said, Météo-France wants to be reassuring and reminds us that “cool “interludes” are never excluded either, as in the middle of summer 2023”. In its press release, the organization also specifies that “in line with the global trend of climate change, summers are more frequently above seasonal norms, but heat episodes or heat waves differ in terms of intensity, temporality and location from one summer to the next”.

Less precipitation

Concerning precipitation, Météo-France anticipates that the South-West and the Mediterranean rim will probably be drier than normal. On the other hand, no clear trend is emerging for the rest of French territory.

Occasional episodes of locally significant rainfall cannot be ruled out, however, as observed in recent months. In Corsica and the southern regions, there is a 25% chance for a scenario wetter than seasonal norms, 25% for a compliant scenario and 50% for a drier scenario.

Don't panic

Météo-France warns against too hasty conclusions, stressing that it is “too early to predict this summer's weather conditions week by week& ;#8221;. The bulletin aims to determine average trends over the quarter, with probabilistic forecast performances varying according to the location, season and meteorological parameter concerned. Also, heat waves “are well anticipated a few days in advance, with difficulty beyond 8 days”.

There is uncertainty about heat waves during the Olympic Games, which will take place from July 26 to August 11 in Paris. Météo-France cannot yet establish specific forecasts for this period, but it will not fail to communicate again in advance of the global event.

You can find the full Météo France report here.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116