Temperatures above 40C in France (even in Paris)??

If the air temperature is that blazing, then why is the UK nowhere near 40C and how come even Northern France is seeing hotter temperatures than that?

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  • Tangi
    Lv 7
    4 months ago
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    Despite being bordered by 3 different seas, France is large enough to have areas with a continental climate, where summers are hot and winters are cold.

    Furthermore, France is more south than the UK. The same phenomenon that causes seasons (sunlight being spread on more or less area due to the tilt of the planet) causes countries closer to the equator to have hotter temperatures on average than countries closer to the poles.

    And finally, France gets a lot of hot wind directly from the south, from the Sahara. By the time what's left of it reaches the UK, it was mostly stopped or diverted to the north east by the multiple mountain ranges we have. The Massif Central in particular, is right between the Sahara and the UK.

    • Tangi
      Lv 7
      3 months agoReport

      I didn't say it didn't affect Britain, I said it's less directly affected. Of course the wind doesn't only occur under mountain ranges. But the effects are less direct with the distance and after several layers of sea and mountain ranges.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It just depends on the weather of the moment. At times last summer parts of Britain were hotter than Greece. If you cannot handle the variations of temperature seen in Europe and the British Isles then go and live somewhere with year-round even temperatures, if you can find such a place,.

  • 4 months ago

    France is closer to the equator than the UK.

    Climate change doesn't increase all temperatures consistently; but 2019 is the hottest summer so far on record. So the UK also has higher temperatures than we've come to expect.

  • 4 months ago

    I'm guessing the reason is the same as for Denmark where I live. We're a coastal country and we've been getting cold air from the north. The wind is shifting this week, though, so we can expect much warmer weather by Wednesday, It'll probably be the same for the U.K.

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  • 4 months ago

    The UK is surrounded by water. It also has to do with air flow, and the Jet Stream. But even the UK has experienced 40 degree Celsius temperatures as a result of global warming.

  • 4 months ago

    Here scientists say it's because of the global warming.. Otherwise the hot air comes from the South ( Sahara), so it's normal the North of France is less impacted than the South.

    In June in the Gard county ( South-east), they got: 114.8 F ( 46 ° C).In my area near Toulouse in the South-west, we got 42° C / 107.6 F.

    For this second heat wave, it will be cooler than in June. Around 42 ° C ( at least in the South).

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Generally it is cooler near the coastline because water takes a lot of energy to raise its temperature just one degree. Therefore water temperature is a lot cooler than temperature on land. Places near the coast are therefore much cooler in summer and they are also warmer in winter because water can retain heat better than rocks and soil on land.

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