Record breaking temperatures in Hérault and Gard

Plum trees are in blossom earlier than normal. © I.Petit-Félix

With more than 24 degrees in Pézenas and 25 degrees in Vigan, Hérault and Gard saw record breaking temperatures on Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures were around 10 to 12 degrees above seasonal the norms in Hérault.  “It’s a winter spring which also affects the Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude, Lozère and Gard,” according to Météo France, with a spokesperson saying “there’s a quasi-spring atmosphere in our region since Friday, and we are witnessing a rise in temperatures worthy of a month of April.”

In Montclus, between Pont St-Esprit and Barjac in the Gard, the hottest temperatures were recorded for Occitanie, with 25.9 degrees.  In Hérault, the temperature reached 24.4 degrees in Pézenas, which breaks the old record of 23.5 ° of February 22, 2019.

24.1 was recorded in Saint-Jean-de-Minervois, beating the 2019 record of 23.8.

“In the Aude, no record was broken, although we recorded a value of 24 degrees in Perpignan”, explained Roland Mazurie, head of the Météo-France in Montpellier and Nîmes.

According to the forecasters, we have seen the last of the extreme heat for a while, as temperatures will start to head down as from Tuesday morning.  As at Sunday evening, snow was even forecast for the region, but this has changed over the course of the week.

Source: Météo France, France 3