France has had hottest year since 1900

Sunbathers on the beach at La Baule, western France, during unusually warm weather in October
This year was the hottest in France since the start of the 20th century, Meteo France said Tuesday, with average national temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than the norm.

This year was the hottest in France since the start of the 20th century, Meteo France said Tuesday, with average national temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than the norm.

The average national temperature in 2011 was 13.6 degrees Celsius (56 ), Meteo France's Francois Gourand told AFP, 0.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous hottest year, 2003.

This year's spring was particularly warm, with temperatures an average 4.0 degrees Celsius warmer than usual in April. The "norm" is the average temperature from 1971 to 2000, Gourand said.

A life guard watches the beach at Canet-en-Roussillon, France, in August
The average national temperature in France in 2011 was 13.6 degrees Celsius (56 degrees Fahrenheit), Meteo France's Francois Gourand told AFP, 0.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous hottest year, 2003.

Autumn 2011 was also exceptionally mild, with November the second hottest since 1900, 3.0 degrees Celsius warmer than the average of temperatures from 1971 to 2000.

Every month in 2011 was above this benchmark except for July, when temperatures were 1.3 degrees Celsius cooler than average.

The year's were accompanied by 20 percent less rainfall than usual, except in the southeast of France where heavy rain in November saw the average attained.

On a global level, the World Meteorological Organisation said at the end of November that 2011 was at that point the "10th at a global level" since records began in 1850.

Moreover, the world's 13 hottest years since records began are all from the last 15 years, the UN weather organisation said.


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Dec 27, 2011
Something tells me that is not a french beach in that picture. There are no topless women in it :)

Dec 27, 2011
So it has happened in the past.
Can AGWite models explain 1900?
But then this is only France, not the planet.

Dec 28, 2011
There is no way those people in that picture are the hottest seen since 1900.

On a side note, part of China had the coldest winter in 100 yrs last winter so welcome to the extremes.

Dec 28, 2011
Holy hotshit batman.
France has had hottest year since 1900.
What happened in 1900 - Oh yeh all that population and gas guslers.

The warmist never give up. I can't hear you La, La, La.

I suggest warmist everywhere find a new way to make an honest living, instead of this steady diet of doom and gloom CAGW.

Jan 01, 2012
France has had hottest year since 1900


Are there vineyards in Scotland and Newfoundland, or dairy farms in Greenland? If not, we have a ways to go yet to beat the nice warm temperatures of A.D. 850-1350.

Freeman Dyson and I still believe the polar bears will be fine.

Jan 02, 2012
Wow VD, I thought I was going to see video on global temperature rise, kilometer size methane seepage or something like that. Instead it was a few degrees hotter.

And to the commenter of 1900 being so hot, that was just the time frame used fool. There where many records broken in the good old USA too. Texas, Kansas, Arkansas this summer, the flooding of the snake river how soon we forget.


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