After an intensely hot summer that saw the mercury rise above 40°C in the shade for the first time on record in the French Riviera, September has felt bitterly cold for most in the region. A mass of cold air descended on the Côte d’Azur earlier on in the month, coming in from Eastern Europe, and drove temperatures down to levels not seen since in almost a decade for this time of year.
Not since September 2010 have average temperatures been so low for the month. At various points of the past month, thermometers across the south of France have noted a dip of up to 4°C from habitual temperatures.
The rain and cooler climes have provided much needed respite for the region, which has suffered considerably from droughts and dangerously hot conditions in recent months, and these are expected to continue for at least a few more days. Rainfall and light storms are forecast for the next 48 hours, although the grey clouds most of us are experiencing will lift mid-week and be replaced with the sunshine we know and love.
Météo France is predicting a return to more typical, seasonal temperatures in the coming weeks. The hottest temperature ever recorded in France in September was 40°C in Ajaccio, Corsica in 1975 while the coldest was -5.7°C Mont-Aigoual, Gard in 1931.