coldest winter solstice day in 15 years?

“Pretty anecdotally, we are heading towards the coldest winter solstice day in France for probably 15 years”, launched this Tuesday, December 21 François Jobard, meteorologist at Météo France.

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Temperatures were below normal for the season

“Temperatures are below seasonal norms”, confirmed this Tuesday, December 21 at 4 pm Stéphane Nedeljkovitch, forecaster at Météo News.

“This Tuesday, December 21, the day was very cold. We recorded 3.5°C in the Rhône. But it was 1.6°C yesterday, Monday December 20”, continued the meteorologist where stopping a day is not really justified.

In the Rhône, the seasonal average is 6°C in December, we can go up to the seasonal norm of 7°C in the city of Lyon.

Coldest Solstice? Temperature to put into perspective

“We have had particularly mild winters in recent years,” continued Stéphane Nedeljkovitch. In 2020, it was 10.9 degrees on December 21, 13.6°C in 2019 and 11.3°C in 2018. But if you look at the days before or after, it was 3.5°C on December 29, 2018 and 1.5°C in December 11, 2018… so nothing unusual in terms of temperature this year. »

On the climate information website, where you can track the temperatures every day, you can see that in 2006, it was 1.9°C in Lyon on December 21 and -0.8°C in 2007. But because , in fact, it seems the lowest temperature in 13 years is associated with Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

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Cold record in the Rhône in December

If it is colder than in recent years, the meteorologist remembers that on December 30, 1939, we reached a cold record in the Rhône with -10.4° C during the day.

In December, at night, we even dropped to -24.6°C.

On the other hand, it was in December 1989 that the coldest temperature was recorded with 20°C.

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Towards a Christmas thaw

If it is cold in the plains this week, it is milder in the mountains, up to 9 degrees Celcius.

“This phenomenon of inversion is frequent, explains the professional from Météo News, the cold air is heavier and remains blocked trapped by gray, it can create good frosts on the ground. The mild that air rises and passes underneath, that’s why it’s warmer at high altitudes. »

There will still be fog and a disturbance coming in from Eastern Europe will accentuate the cold on Wednesday 22 December. However, “thaw is expected from Thursday and for Christmas. However, the air will be more humid. “, concludes Stéphane Nedeljkovitch.

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