A windstorm that is rare for this time of year has hit northern France. Over the English Channel, gusts of wind reached speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour on Wednesday. Forecasters have warned of heavy rainfall.
People walking along the seaside promenade dressed in warm jackets in the middle of summer and high waves crashing on the shore. This is how it was on Wednesday afternoon in the town of Wimereux in France, located on the English Channel near the Strait of Caleta. This is one of the areas in the northern part of the country affected by strong winds and piercing cold.
The national meteorological institute Meteo France explains that the low pressure system Patricia is to blame for the strong winds in the north as well as the west, especially along the coast. By 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the strongest gusts, with speeds of 100 kilometers per hour, were recorded in the town of Sibiril in Brittany. In Saint-Nazaire in the region of Pays de la Loire, winds gusted up to 94 km/h.
“It feels like November,” said city official Philippe Richet. He added that it usually gets so windy in this area at the earliest, usually in late August or early September.
Forecasters also warned of rising sea levels and rain. Particularly heavy rainfall was forecast for the area between Normandy and the Ardennes department, which borders Belgium.
Temperatures across a large area of northern France were forecast to be just 17 to 20 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, compared to an average of 24 degrees Celsius for this time of year.
Orange weather alerts are in effect for the northwest coast of France. They urged people not to go to sea and stay away from the coast and estuaries.
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