Normandy’s Wet and Cold Weather to Continue say Forecasters

RainyParts of Normandy have experienced the worst Spring weather recorded for many years with recent months characterised by snow, wind, rain and cold, according to French weather experts.

And it is not likely to get much better this month, according to the Meteorological centre at Caen. Wednesday 22 May is set to be the only better day on the immediate horizon but the sunshine and heat are not expected until the beginning of June.

‘From October to March much of Calvados and Manche were subject to very difficult weather conditions,’ said Marie-Annick Bühler, leader of the team in Caen. She explained that normally in the six months from October to March there would be 490 millimetres of rain but 490 millimetres was recorded. Also temperatures were on average three to four degrees centigrade below normal and there was around 12 to 15% less sunshine.

Apart from a couple of more agreeable days on the 14 and 25 April, there has been no decent weather at all this year. Even as recently as the 17th of May the weather forecast warned of the possibility of snow in the north of Normandy and other areas experienced hail.

Temperatures are forecast to remain low over the rest of May with prolonged rain and the risk of thunder and lightening at the end of this week. For the weekend temperatures are unlikely to get above 14 degrees centigrade.

The atrocious weather conditions are affecting farmers and fruit growers across the region. Pascal Prevost, a market gardener from Quincampoix said that the new potato season is likely to be 10 days late.

Strawberries are also at least a week behind and produce grown in greenhouses and tunnels that have not been heated could be as much as two to three weeks behind.

‘It is not yet a catastrophe but there are concerns about the next few weeks. Produce needs some warmth. Producers will be watching the weather forecast carefully,’ said Emmanuel Demange, director of the Fruit and Vegetable Producers Federation.

He added that there are concerns that the big supermarkets and suppliers will buy more fruit and vegetables from Morocco and Spain if it is not available in France.

The colder and wet weather also means that people living in Normandy face higher electricity bills. Electricity supplier EDF said that demand has been five to 10% above normal for the season.

About Ray Clancy

Ray Clancy has 20 years experience in journalism including contributing articles to print and on-line publications such as PropertyWire.com, Property World Middle East and websites for estate agents. She has also written for the Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.

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