Easter holiday weather: reasons to be optimistic!

Through Regis CREPETmeteorologist

The Easter holidays will start in zone B next week. On this occasion, you are probably hoping for the return of spring weather, which can gradually be the case over the days. In any case, there are good reasons for optimism.

The Easter holidays run from April 11 to May 9, depending on the area. During this period, the weather will have time to fluctuate, but one thing is for sure, when you are on vacation, good weather is often desired. What happens during this first week of holiday and the Easter weekend?

Next week will be divided into three periods: two mild days Monday and Tuesday, more mixed weather in the middle of the week with the passing of a weak Atlantic disturbance, before the return of generally calm and dry weather for the Easter weekend. This general development is trustworthywith what refine nuances.

A spring start to the week

Monday a nice day usually becomes sunny and very mild, with up to above 25°C local to New Aquitaine, but with nuances on the sky side. For example, the sun will often be veiled and whitish, with likely new ones sand particles originating from the Sahara. The sea breeze and the autan wind will blow heavily in Occitania, with gusts between 80 and 100 km/h from Toulouse to Carcassonne† The eastern and central regions will have very spring-like weather, cold in the morning but very mild in the afternoon with temperatures approaching 23°C in the Center region and the Auvergne valleys due to the Foehn effect. Over the west the cloudy veil becomes more whitish and in Brittany there may be a few showers.

Tuesday, the weather over the Atlantic Arc and the Pyrenees will become unstable, with temperatures dropping sharply compared to the previous day. The air will sometimes threaten a risk of stormy evolution in a heavy atmosphere. Marin and Autan will blow vigorously into the early morning. In the east it will remain sunny and very mild in the afternoon with 18 to 23°C.

A more mixed midweek

The deterioration that started Tuesday in the west and southwest is caused by the passage of a depression over Spain. The accompanying instability could cause storms in a quarter of southwestern France on Wednesday, from New Aquitaine to the Pyrenees and Occitanie. The sea breeze could cause a pronounced rainy season in Roussillon. On the other hand, these rains will fail to cross France to the east, where variable weather will be maintained.

On your way to a beautiful Easter weekend?

To date, the mid-week deterioration is expected to ease from Thursday, with the maintenance or return of fairly calm weather conditions, depending on the region. There is no extreme to fear, although there are nuances.

Indeed, the weather could remain changeable in France into the second half of the week. The days would be characterized by fine clearings interspersed with large towering cumulus clouds. In an unstable atmosphere, storms and scattered showers can sometimes occur, especially in the interior and in the mountains, and less on the coasts. Temperatures, dropping slightly, should remain above the seasonal average (17° to 22°C from north to south).

The general improvement in the weather could then gradually kick in for the Easter weekend. Indeed, even if you are not on holiday, remember that Easter falls on Sunday 17 April and that the Easter Monday is a holiday† Many of you will probably want to take advantage of it. Thereby, for the weekend and Easter Monday, good weather should settle mainly in the northern half thanks to a nearby elevation, centered on the British Isles, while unstable weather could affect the reliefs of the southeastern quarter (Corsica and the Southern Alps). This evolution has yet to be confirmed, but this kind of weather should last until Easter Monday, with temperatures that could drop due to the northeasterly wind, around 7° to 10°C in the morning and 12° at 20°C in the afternoon. In this perspective, the wind would sometimes feel a little chilly in the evenings, especially at sea, especially on the Channel and North Sea beaches. But let’s not forget that we are only in April, the month in which it is recommended, by the famous saying, “don’t discover yourself by a thread”. This drop in temperature will have to be confirmed and will depend on the evolution of the anticyclone over our country.

If you go…

When you go to the sea next week Monday and Tuesday will be quite sunny and mild, but Tuesday will be unstable and stormy in the Atlantic Arc. Then, on Wednesday, the perimeter of the Gulf of Lion will experience easterly winds and rain. Anti-cyclonic conditions will return to our coast from Thursday. The only downside is that the Mediterranean could keep the weather temporarily unstable, with the Mistral and Tramuntana as well as stormy showers in Corsica and the Côte d’Azur. Elsewhere, even if it isn’t very warm yet, watch out for sunburns that can already occur at this time of year!

If you go to the mountains, the choice also seems quite favorable despite nuances. The Pyrenees will get clouds and showers at the start of the week, then the spring sun will return for the second half of the week. The alpine mountain has been benefiting from a winter offensive since the beginning of April, but at this time of year the fresh snow does not stay low for long. Below 1500 m the mountain takes on its spring-like appearance, where a few snowflakes are interspersed with flowering gentians and colchicums. One must beware of the unstable snowpack at altitude and skiing will be enjoyable in areas above 1800m altitude as it will not be too hot and the quality of the snow can be preserved.

And if you don’t go, it’s always nice to enjoy good, clear weather, especially since these spring conditions have to continue into the weekend and Easter Monday.

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