This Christmas 2022 is “remarkable”, according to the terms used by the Facebook page Météo42. And for good reason: with a temperature of 17.5°C at the departmental meteorological station of Andrézieux-Bouthéon, the Loire is experiencing its second warmest Christmas in its history. “Behind the 20.2°C of 1983” it is specified.
A situation which is not specific to the department since a dozen records fell this Sunday in France. It even made 26.3°C in Ariège!
The negative temperatures that we experienced eight days earlier seem a long way off… For the record, the coldest Christmas so far dates back to 2006, with a maximum temperature of -3.7°C.
Snow, unfortunately for the ski resorts in the region, has been rare for a long time at Christmas: only 1986 saw snow on the plain, with a thickness of 4 cm. Météo42 specifies that “the years 1981, 1993, 2006, 2010 and 2020 also saw snowflakes that fell on the plain on Christmas Day, but without grounding”.