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Extreme cold for end of year in France? -10C in some predictions

Today is set to be the country’s coldest winter solstice in 15 years, and freezing air from Russia may extend these weather conditions up to New Year

An image of a thermometer amid freezing temperatures

Temperatures could fall to -10°C in the lead-up to New Year Pic: Marian Weyo / Shutterstock

France is set to experience the coldest winter solstice in 15 years today (Tuesday, December 21) with temperatures slipping below zero in several regions. 

Météo France predicts freezing temperatures for Grand Est, Centre-Val de Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Normandy and the north of Nouvelle Aquitaine this morning, and the colder weather conditions will last throughout the day. 

Today also marks the winter solstice, which will fall at 16:59 in France, bringing the year’s shortest day to a close. 

The cold weather could strike again in the lead-up to New Year if the freezing air currently sitting over Russia and eastern Europe shifts over France. 

Mild ocean air will save the country from sub-zero temperatures over the Christmas weekend, but the front of cold air could descend as we move into next week. 

Global Forecast System, a worldwide weather prediction tool run by the US National Weather Service, states that the weather system over Russia could push temperatures down to -10°C or even -15°C if it arrives in France. 

These temperatures have hardly ever been recorded outside of the mountains in France since the 1970s. 

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