Heat wave: new records for the month of May recorded on Saturday in France


It was over 34°C in the Tarn, unheard of at this time of year. Unprecedented levels were also reached in Cantal, Lozère and Vaucluse.

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Maximum temperature records for the month of May were broken in several places on French territory, in the middle mountains and in the South, on Saturday May 21, announced Météo-France. The public body thus recorded 34.4 ° C in Albi (Tarn) in the afternoon (against a previous record of 33.7 ° C on Wednesday), 32.4 ° C in Mende (Lozère) or 31, 7°C in Aurillac (Cantal). In the resort of St Christol in the Vaucluse, located at an altitude of 836 m, the temperature rose to 29.4 ° C (previous record 28.1 ° C).

“A depression centered on the Iberian Peninsula brings very warm air to the southern half of the country”, explains Météo-France. France has broken a record for a hot period in the spring with now 40 consecutive days above seasonal norms. This series began on April 11 and has still not been interrupted, according to a spokesperson for Météo-France.

With the planet’s climate change, periods of heat are set to become more frequent and tend to set in earlier in the spring. The peaks are observed not only at the hottest of the day, but also at the lowest.



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