2014 will make weather history as the warmest year in France since accurate nationwide records began in 1900.
With 10 days until the end of the year, and barring a sudden cold snap that has not been forecast, temperatures are 1.2°C higher than average.
It has been warmer than usual in every month this year - except July and August. The Toussaint holidays were particularly warm - even reaching 30°C at Arcachon seaside resort on the Atlantic coast.
Another topsy-turvy feature of this year's weather can be found in the sunlight stats: 20 per cent higher than usual in Brittany, but 20 per cent lower than the norm in the south.
2014 has also been a wet one: with rainfall in the Pays-de-la-Loire, Centre, Ile-de-France, Normandy and Picardy about 50 per cent higher than the annual average.
Previous temperature records were in 2011 (1.1°C above average) and 2003 - the year of the summer heatwave - which was 1°C above the norm.