Weather for the Easter holidays: reasons for optimism!

By Regis CREPE, meteorologist

The Easter School Holidays in Area B are already starting next week. In this case, you are probably hoping for a return of spring weather, which can gradually set in over a few days. In any case, there are good reasons for optimism.

Easter school holidays last from April 11 to May 9, depending on the district. During this period, the weather will have time to fluctuate, but one thing is certain, when you are on vacation, good weather is often desirable. What will happen in the first week of holidays and Easter weekend?


The next week can be divided into three periods: two soft days monday and tuesday, more mixed mid-week weather and a return of generally calm and dry weather for the Easter weekend. This general development is quite reliable, but there are still nuances that will have to be finalized.






Spring start of the week


Monday it will be a beautiful day, mostly sunny and very mild until above 25°С locally in New Aquitaine, but with nuances on the side of the sky. Thus the sun will often be veiled and whitish, with likely new sand particles originally from the Sahara. sea ​​wind and autan wind will blow hard in Occitania with gusts between 80 and 100 km/h from Toulouse to Carcassonne. In the eastern and central regions, the weather will be very spring-like, with cold mornings and very warm afternoons, with temperatures approaching 20°C in the central region. In the west, the cloud cover will be more whitish, and it may rain in Brittany.


Tuesday, the weather over the Atlantic arc and the Pyrenees will become unstable, the temperature will drop sharply compared to the previous day. Sometimes the sky will threaten the danger of violent evolution in a heavy atmosphere. Sea and Autan winds will continue to blow strongly until early morning.


A more mixed mid-week


The deterioration, which began on Tuesday in the west and southwest, is caused by the passage of depression over Spain. Associated instability could cause stormy showers on Wednesday over a quarter of southwestern France, from New Aquitaine to the Pyrenees and Occitania. Offshore wind may bring to Roussillon, perhaps noticeable rain. On the other hand, these rains will not succeed in crossing France to the east, as our previous forecast already indicated, where variable weather will continue.


Looking forward to a wonderful Easter weekend?


As of today, the mid-week deterioration is expected to fade from Thursday, with relatively calm weather conditions remaining. You should not be afraid of extremes, although nuances need to be added.


The weather in France can indeed remain changeable in the second half of the week. The days will be characterized by small clearings alternating with large towering cumulus clouds. In unstable weather then sometimes stormy and scattered showers could fall, especially inland and in the mountains, less often on the coasts. Temperatures slightly cooler would then be seasonal (averaging 16° to 22°C north to south).


A general improvement in the weather may then gradually take hold towards the Easter weekend. After all, even if you are not on vacation, remember that Easter will be Sunday, April 17, and that Easter Monday is a public holiday. Many of you will probably want to take advantage of this. Over the weekend, good weather should prevail mainly in the northern half due to nearby high pressure centered on the British Isles, while unstable weather could affect the topography of the southeastern quarter (Corsica and the French Alps). South). This evolution is yet to be confirmed, but this type of weather may persist until Easter Monday when temperatures can drop due to northeasterly winds, from 7° to 10° C in the morning and 12° to 20° C in the afternoon. . In this general context, the wind sometimes brought a slight chill in the evenings, especially near the sea, especially on the beaches of the English Channel and the North Sea. But let’s not forget that we only have April, the month during which it is recommended, according to a well-known saying, “not to open oneself by a thread.” This decrease in temperature must be confirmed and will depend on the evolution of the anticyclone over our country.


If you go…


If you go to sea Next week Monday and Tuesday will be fairly sunny and mild, but on Tuesday in the Atlantic arc the weather will become unstable and stormy. Then, on Wednesday, easterly winds and showers are likely to blow along the perimeter of the Gulf of Lion. Then, from Thursday, anticyclonic conditions return to our coast. The only negative, the Mediterranean Sea can keep unstable weather with the Mistral and Tramuntana, as well as thunderstorms in Corsica and the Cote d’Azur. Elsewhere, even if it’s not very hot, watch out for sunburn, which can already happen this time of year!


If you go to the mountains, the choice seems quite favorable, despite the nuances. At the beginning of the week in the Pyrenees there will still be clouds and rains, and in the second half of the week the spring sun will return. The mountain was hit by heavy snow last weekend, but at this time of year, fresh snow doesn’t hold up for long at low altitudes. Below 1500 m, the mountain will return to its spring appearance, where several patches of snow will alternate with flowering gentians and colchicums. Unstable snow at altitude should be wary of, and skiing in areas above 1800m above sea level will be quite enjoyable as it won’t get too hot and snow quality can be maintained.


And if you don’t go, it’s always nice to have nice clear weather, especially since those lovely spring conditions can last into the Easter weekend.


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