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Temperatures to hit scorching 29C in France this weekend

The summer is back in full force in France this weekend, with temperatures expected to reach a scorching 29C in parts of the country as Hurricane Ophelia sweeps across western Europe.

Temperatures to hit scorching 29C in France this weekend
The beach in Biarritz where temperatures are expected to hit 29C this weekend. Photo: AFP
The unseasonably hot weather is set to hit the south on Friday morning, before spreading across the entire country throughout the course of the afternoon, according to national weather agency Meteo France
 
And in the southwestern seaside town of Biarritz, where temperatures are set to hit 29C, parasols will no doubt be getting a somewhat unexpected autumnal outing. 
 
In Paris, people can expect the mercury to reach unseasonably warm highs of 22C, and in Lyon and Marseille, temperatures are set to hit 25C and 22C, respectively. 
 
Friday afternoon's weather map. Photo: Meteo France 
 
In general, temperatures are expected to exceed seasonal norms by as much as 10C, with nearly the whole of the country expecting sunshine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
 
Partly responsible for the unusual weather is Hurricane Ophelia, which is pulling the hot temperatures of North Africa, Spain and Portugal along its path.
 
Weather in France on Saturday afternoon. Photo: AFP
 
The arrival of Ophelia, which is set to hit the length of western Europe this weekend, marks the first time the continent has been touched by a hurricane since 1961.

TRAVEL NEWS

Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

Sweden's state-owned rail company SJ cancelled several train services on Tuesday as a result of the snowy weather, while forecasters warned that roads could still be slippery in many regions.

Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

SJ is cancelling several regional trains on Tuesday between Stockholm and Uppsala, Stockholm and Västerås, and Gävle and Linköping at the request of the Swedish Transport Administration, which wants to free up space on the tracks. 

At the same time, weather forecaster SMHI warned that, while snowfall would decrease over the day, there would still be a risk of slippery roads in many areas.

“It’s still continuing to snow, but the intensive snowfall we are now warning about will come to an end during the day, starting in the south of the country,” state meteorologist Angelica Lundberg told the TT newswire.  “Over the coming days there may be an increased risk of slipping and this is the case most of all close to the coast.” 

Bengt Olsson, press officer for the Swedish Transport Administration, told SVT that the disruptions seen on Sunday and Monday looked likely to ease off on Tuesday. 

“It’s a bit calmer so far. There’s another type of road surface to day. It’s starting to freeze up a but. There’s a lot of crust from the snow and patches of ice out on the road, so its the risk of skidding that we are trying to deal with today.”

The slippery roads have led to some busses being cancelled, with Dalatrafiken, the bus operator in Dalarna, cancelling several regional bus services. 

Buses parked at the Keolis bus depot in Värtahamnen cruise terminal in Stockholm.
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Stockholm’s transport operator SL suspended the Lindingöbanan Light-railway line on Tuesday morning, and has also reduced some commuter train services. In Söderort, Huddinge and Botkyrka all bus services have been cancelled. 

“The measures taken to prevent skidding aren’t working,” SL’s press spokesperson Andreas Strömberg told SVT. “At Juliaborg in Huddinge six of our buses got stuck, so the traffic controllers decided to cancel all further services so we can get in snow ploughs.

Snow was continuing to fall on Tuesday over much of central Sweden, and SMHI has issued the lowest “yellow” weather warning for Sörmland, Västmanland, Örebro, Dalarna, and the north of Värmland. 

In most places, there is now between 5cm-15cm of snow, with 20cm in some places. 

 
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