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French weather extremes continue with 15C gap between north and south

Temperatures near the Belgian border are set to hover around 10C, while in the south-west they could hit 25C

Beaches in Pas-de-Calais and Pyrénées-Atlantiques will look very different this week Pic: Chris WM Willemsen / Jeroen Mikkers / Shutterstock

France’s temperature disparities are set to continue with the country forecast to see both   ‘summer and winter’ by the end of this week.

Contrasting winds will see temperatures pushed above and below seasonal averages by around 5C in the extreme north and south.

Temperatures near the Belgian border will remain around 8 – 13C, while near Biarritz, they could reach up to 25C.

This will be short-lived, however, as weekend storms will clear the air and see seasonal averages return across the country.

Wind patterns cause a shift

The dividing line between hot and cold roughly correlates to the Loire river.

Temperatures above the river (and in particular above the Seine) will be chillier than average, and those below (especially below the Garonne) will be warmer.

Unsurprisingly, it is the far north where people will be wrapping up most, with Lille and the surrounding area seeing the coldest weather.

East-blowing winds and a ‘cold bubble’ of air from Europe will combine to create the chilly conditions, which will not surpass 13C on Thursday or Friday, and are more likely to hover around 10C.

Yet, in the south, a mild southerly wind will see temperatures reach up to 25C – not as high as March’s record-breaking levels, but still around 6C higher than the average for April.

The further east in France you look, the weather returns to average temperatures for the season, usually a little colder than average.

Storms predicted for weekend but threat of frost remains

If the weather stays as it is, April will see temperatures colder than the monthly norm, breaking a 14-month streak in France of above-average temperatures.

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A slight chance of frost remains in the north and the central regions of France, although this is not expected to cause damage to gardens or crops.

Storms are predicted across France over the weekend, with rain beginning on Saturday morning (April 22).

Météo France has not yet issued weather warnings but may do so from Friday, if necessary. 

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