Temperatures could drop as low as -15C in France this weekend, with Saturday, December 17 set to be the coldest day of the week.
The lowest temperatures will be in the north east of the country, with an average of -10C in the morning. Even the south will see temperatures at or below zero. Only Corsica will escape the cold, with around 14C forecast on the island.
Much of the country has already felt cold this week, but the episode is not over yet.
Forecaster La Chaîne Météo said: “This will be the coldest day of the week, at 5C lower than the seasonal, national averages.”
Météo France said the same, calling this Saturday the “peak” of the “particularly cold episode”.
️↘️ Le froid déjà bien présent au nord ce jeudi va gagner du terrain vers le sud d'ici samedi qui sera la journée la plus froide de la semaine à l'échelle nationale. De très fortes #gelées concerneront le nord-est avec localement -15°C sur les sols enneigés. pic.twitter.com/TPEiGxkhBG— La Chaîne Météo (@lachainemeteo) December 15, 2022
On Sunday, temperatures are set to rise again and rain is forecast. Strasbourg will still be cold, at -6C in the morning, but Toulouse will be around 6C.
By Monday (December 19), the extreme cold will be gone, with an average of 13C in the afternoon in the northern half of the country, and 14C in the southern half.
Will it be a white Christmas?
A white Christmas is unlikely! Next week (December 19 to 25), temperatures are set to be much milder. Rain is expected in the north, while the south will remain largely dry.
Temperature averages will be between 9-14C in the north half of the country and cloudy. In the southern half temperatures will be higher, and could even reach 17C in Biarritz or Corsica.