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.
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.
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.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift