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France Averages its Coldest May Morning since 1979 — a Return to the Cold Times

Cold weather records continue to tumble across Europe as the brutal Arctic air mass lingers on.

According to Météo France, the minimum temperature on May 6 (averaged across the whole of France using data compiled from weather stations in 30 cities — UHI?) was 2.5C (36.5F).

That makes it the coldest morning in the month of May since the averaged 2.4C (36.3F) on May 4, 1979 (immediately after weak solar cycle 20) and sees it tie as the 10th coldest May morning since records began in 1947.

Map of the minimum temperatures observed on May 6, 2019, with many frosts in the lowlands, down to -3.8 ° C in Romorantin (Loir-et-Cher), frost in Brittany (Rennes, Brest) or in the South -Ouest (Bergerac, Agen, St-Girons …) –  © Météo-France 

Severe frosts were reported across the entire country, from the lowlands to Brittany to South Ouest.

Frost-fires were lit across the country in an attempt to protect fragile crops:

The below graph indicates the coldest May mornings of each year dating back to 1947.

It depicts a clear return to the cold times. After 30-or-so years of high solar activity, output is now dropping off a cliff and temperatures are responding.

Daily minimum temperature for each year’s May (1947 to 2019) – © Météo-France

In addition, France’s average daily temperature for Sunday May 5, 2019 was just 8C (46.4F) — that’s some 5.5C below what’s expected this time of year.

You have to rewind 28 years to observe a colder May day — the 7.9 C (46.2F) on May 6, 1991.

For more data from meteofrance.fr, click here.

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