Thursday, May 4, 2017

Showers to put a damper on France’s presidential election on Sunday

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
May 4,2017, 1:14:20PM,EDT
While Sunday will not be as wet across France as the start of this weekend, some residents will still need umbrellas when heading to the polls.
As millions of people set out to cast their vote in the presidential election on Sunday, the soaking rain from Saturday will not have departed all of France.
The steadiest and more prolonged rain will fall across east-central France including Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand and Grenoble. No widespread travel impacts are expected.
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Scattered showers will also dampen the day from Limoges to Troyes, Strasbourg and Dijon. While the day will not feature constant rainfall, there will be several showers throughout the day.
In addition to umbrellas, spring jackets will be needed due to the rain and scattered showers. Highs in these areas will be held to 15-18 C (60-64 F).
Spottier showers will dot the southeastern coast. However, most of the day will be rain-free with mild highs of 21-24 C (70-76 F).
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More residents of the Languedoc region, including Marseille and Montpellier, will notice a gusty wind blowing on Sunday. The winds could wreak havoc with party supporters attempting to set up booths with pamphlets or will blow down unsecured campaign signs.
No umbrellas will be needed in Toulouse and the rest of southern France as dry and mild weather dominates underneath a partly to mostly sunny sky.
Highs of 20-22 C (lower 70s F) will prevail in Toulouse and from Bayonne to Lourdes and Perpignan.
Farther north, light showers may drop southward from the English Channel into northwestern France. Residents heading to the polls in Tours and Le Mans will have to dodge raindrops during a part of the day.
Clouds will limit sunshine at times in northeastern France, but dry weather should still dominate Paris and Lille.
Highs on Sunday will be fairly typical of early May in this area. Temperatures will climb to 16-18 C (60-64 F) with slightly cooler air at the immediate coastline.

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