General Creusois Climate
If you're going to buy a house somewhere, even just for holiday use, it's important to know just what to expect in the way of weather. Whilst it is still very difficult to predict exactly how bad it's going to be this winter, past performance (as the finance people always say) can be an indicator.
Here are some basic weather facts, averaged from 1971 to 2000 to help give you an idea of the weather in the Creuse. Please bear in mind that these are averages - the minimum temperatures seem a bit too warm based on my experience, but adding altitude and wind chill factors to these soon brings it down.
There tends to be short periods (of less than two weeks) when the temperature is abnormally cold (usually once in November and once in February) or abnormally hot (usually once in December and once after Easter). Last winter it was, according to the thermometer outside my house, never above minus 5 for almost two weeks, even during the day, with a low of minus 17.2. The water in our friends large pond froze to a depth of about 40cm (15 inches) during this time.
Average Minimum and Maximum Temperature
Official Recorded Maxims since 1975
- Lowest Temperature: -23.2°C
- Coldest Year: 1980
- Highest Temperature: 36.2°C (NB: last year was higher, but I don't have the official figures)
- Hottest Year: 1994 (unofficially 2003)
- Highest Rainfall in 24 hours: 70mm
- Wettest Year: 1999
- Driest Year: 1989 (unofficially 2003)