Northern France now enjoys the southern climate of the 1970s!

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While the global temperature rise is 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels, warming is not occurring at the same time Speed Everywhere: In France, the average temperature has risen by 1.7°C since 1900, and possibly by more than 2°C since 1760. Each decade since 1970 has been warmer than the last. Over the past ten years, during the period 2011-2020, the rise reached +0.6°C and represents the strongest two-decade increase in France since 1900.” specific Meteo France. The average temperature in mainland France is analyzed with a thermal index that takes into account data from 30 weather stations with a history.

We recall that 2020 was the hottest year ever in France And that in 2019, heat waves Extraordinary events led to the emergence of a absolute temperature record For the country, 46°C was recorded in Vérargues (Hérault) on June 28, 2019.

Strasbourg now has the Lyon climate of the 1970s

Météo France compared temperatures in the 1970s to current and similar temperatures, in issue From climatestriking:

  • Strasbourg now has the Lyon climate of the 1970s.
  • Le Mans now enjoys the Bordeaux climate of the 1970s;
  • Lille now has a Rennes climate of the 1970s;
  • Châteauroux now enjoys the Ajin climate of the 1970s.
  • Orleans now enjoys the Poitiers climate of the 1970s.
  • Besançon now has a Clermont-Ferrand climate of the 1970s.
  • Lyon now has the Montélimar climate of the 1970s.

Eastern France is the fastest warming

Météo France explains that we ” He notes a clear shift in climate in 30 years. The north of the country finds a climate close to that of the west in France thirty years ago.. No French region escapes Global Warming, but the eastern regions are hardest hit: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franch-Comté and Grand-Est experience the highest increase in average temperatures, up to 0.5°C more and more. The average between 1990 and 2000 is in cities such as Strasbourg, Nancy and Lyon. The regions least affected by the global warming are those in the west (Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie), particularly the cities on the coast that are tempered by the influence of the sea. The temperatures of Caen, Perpignan and Bastia rose by 0.2°C.

Météo France has just updated its seasonal averages, calculated over 30 years: the organization is now moving from averages calculated during 1981-2010 to 1991-2020. These new climate references, updated every 10 years by all countries of the world, represent a climate centered around the year 2005. The new normal temperature in France calculated during the period 1991-2020 in France is now around 13°C (12.97°C) , an increase of +0.42 °C from 1981-2010.

Another indicator of global warming, nights Lyon is getting hotter: Lyon gained seven extra nights with temperatures over 20°C between the 1990s and 2000s, Marignan gained ten more nights above 20°C during this period, and Vigari has an additional nine “tropical” nights.

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