Pre-Christmas: high temperatures, bad traffic
As the country prepares for the last weekend before Christmas, temperatures are to rise to 5-7°C higher than the seasonal average; but drivers can expect gridlock on most major roads.
Weather forecasts from Météo France suggest surprisingly spring-like conditions for most of the country on Saturday December 22 and Sunday 23, with temperatures as high as 20°C in some areas of the Pyrenees foothills and the Mediterranean.
Overall, the north will see temperatures of 11-15°C with some sun and showers, and the south 13-18°C with sun and some cloud.
Some showers are expected for much of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Occitanie regions on Saturday.
On the roads, traffic is likely to be poor on all major national roads, especially those leading to Normandy, Tours, and Lyon, and around big cities, Bison Futé said.
Shoppers across the country are warned that traffic around major commercial centres will be especially dense, as people rush to finish their Christmas present shopping, or start to stock up on food for the festivities ahead.
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