And the winner is… Langres! The commune of Haut-Marne is the coldest city in France, among the communes with more than 5,000 inhabitants. It’s Météo-France that says so!
We complain when it’s too hot, we complain when it rains too long. It won’t take long for us to moan that it’s cold. Next December 21, it will be winter. And while the temperatures have dropped a serious blow in recent days, the opportunity is there to recall that on the list of the coldest cities with more than 5,000 inhabitants in France, Langres still holds… the palme d’or !
In this ranking, based on Meteo-France readingsno surprise: the North and the Great East share the places in the Top 10.
The city of Oise comes in tenth position with an average annual temperature of 10.7°C. Its cold record, set on January 28, 1954, is -19.7°C.
In Moselle, it’s not the big heat either. Metz has an average annual temperature of 10.7°C. Like Beauvais, in reality, but its cold record, recorded at -23.2°C on February 17, 1956, places it in ninth position.
In the ch’Nord, Valenciennes recorded a small annual average temperature of 10.6°C and a freshness record of -14.9°C, established on January 7, 2009.
The town of the Somme is closely followed by Valenciennes, with an equivalent annual average temperature (10.6°C), but a cold record of -17.4°C, recorded on January 17, 1985.
Arras rhymes with ice cream. The city of Pas-de-Calais, with an average annual temperature of 10.5°C, takes fifth place in the ranking. In 1987, it recorded its cold record with -14.1°C, on January 12, 1987.
With its 262 m altitude, the city of Côte-d’Or comes in fourth position. Its average annual temperature is established at 10.4°C with a very… refreshing -22.4°C felt on January 9, 1985. This was not the time to forget your gloves!
Ah, the Ardennes… Chilled abstain! At the foot of the podium is Charleville-Mézières. On average, it is 10°C up there… and -17.5°C on the 1er January 1997. Hangover and tonic awakening.
It’s not just an image: it’s cold in Epinal. The commune of the Vosges, with an average temperature of 10°C and a thermometer down to -18.9 on January 12, 1987, won the bronze medal for the coldest cities.
At 336 m above sea level, Nancy is adorned with silver. The prefecture of Meurthe-et-Moselle has an average annual normal temperature of 10°C… and a cold record set at -19.1°C on January 12, 1987. It was not good hanging out in Lorraine that day , definitely!
Tadam, drum roll… In the category of the coldest cities in France, I call Langres. At an altitude of 466 m, the commune of Haut-Marne requires a coat, hat and gloves in winter. The Langrois have cold hands, but they compensate with warm hearts. Langres is the only city in France to drop below 10°C in average annual temperature (9.8°C). His cold record? She shivered at -21.2°C on February 2, 1956. Little player, retort the inhabitants of Mouthe. The town of Doubs holds the absolute cold record recorded in France, with -41°C in 1985!
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And in Haute-Marne, we are strong!