French Weather

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  1. Lincolnshire Rover

    Lincolnshire Rover Read Only Funster

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    We set off for the South of France last Thursday 29th April and arrived in Port Grimaud Sunday morning 2nd May we had rain most of the journey down,but it was dry when we arrived in Port Grimaud . Monday morning was nice and sunny and really warm until about 15.00pm when it started to rain again and then the wind got up to a mini cyclone, in the early hours people were outside trying to secure their awnings in heavy rain and extreme winds and by daybreak we could survey the damage it was causing with ripped and trashed awnings table and chairs scattered about the campsite and the campsite flooded. This did not abait until around lunchtime when the wind dropped and the rain abaited and people started to clear up the mess. Later on we were advised to pull back off the beach as it was expected the sea would wash onto the site , so we retreated across the road to the other site just before the rain returned .
    Next morning we decided to head north to try and find better weather as the forcast for the area was very poor.
    We headed towards Montelimar and across the N102 to the Aire at Coubon that was a big mistake as we rose across the mountains we got colder and were meeting vehicles with snow on them then we hit the snow ourselves not just snow but a blizzard the roads were being gritted ahead of us as we followed the snow plough so we struggled on towards Clemont-Ferrand and the Aire at St-Pourcain-sur-Sioule where we arrived at 22.00pm where it was still raining heavy absolutely knackered we parked up had some cheese on toast and went to bed to try and sleep with the heavy rain on the roof.
    We woke next morning and yes still raining and the river to the side of the Aire was in flood and it was bitter cold this being Thursday morning thats it we said enough is enough so we booked eurotunnel and returned home Saturday when you guessed it it was still raining, so this has to be the worst holiday we have had in the 4 years of owning a motorhome and going to France all good fun though as long as you can laugh about it:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Not fun at all. In 2008 we got similar treatment near Venice ( not snow though ) and headed home, the rain followed us.

    People laugh at "global warming" but there's no denying there's something BIG happening.

    We're heading south for Italy tomorrow. Rain is shown but I hope it's not as bad as you had.
     
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    The chap in reception on the campsite at Port Grimaud drove into Italy on the Tuesday and said it was all he could do to see to drive in the heavy rain , so I hope you have a good trip and find the better weather.
     
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    WOW. What a week

    And there was me moaning as that week had been a bit chilly here :Doh:
     
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    This year has not been the best anywhere in Europe, it seems, as we have had folk visiting us en route from Spain and Portugal telling us how wet it has been there. When travelling through France remember that the eastern side is higher, so colder and the Massif Centrale often gets snow through into the Spring. :Doh:

    As an alternative, try using the A20 Paris/Limoges/Toulouse (much of which is free autoroute) or the western route via Bordeaux, both of which are generally better from a weather point of view.

    On Sundays we like to invite all our visitors to join us for drinks on the lawn by our office :BigGrin:, but this depends on the weather, and whilst in normal years it would be virtually every Sunday, we have been able to do this only on a few Sundays this year :cry::cry: Lets hope for a really good summer to make up for all this!

    Bob and Di
     

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