If there are still men and women who doubt our planet keeps getting warmer, this record of warm weather should be a reminder of how careful we need to be with our planet, if we want to preserve it. Last October, the world-known city of Chamonix, host of the Mont-Blanc, finally ended its longest string of record months for warm weather, at sixteen.
Chamonix/Mont-Blanc a unique region all year round
We have to go back to May 2019 to find temperatures that were not above seasonal norms. This is a record of unprecedented length, for a town better known for its winter activities. Throughout these sixteen months, the temperatures were between one and three degrees higher than the norm. It even went above that, in December 2019, when the Chamonix/Mont-Blanc weather station recorded temperatures on an average 3.8 degrees higher than a regular month of December.
Those who know the region well and spend holidays there, haven’t necessarily complained too much about the situation, as they know there is so much more to do in Chamonix than just skiing. When you take on the habit of visiting a Chamonix hotel & spa regularly, you get to discover a whole world of diverse activities, all-year round, from biking and trekking, to skiing and other winter sports. Of course, you also get to stay in a unique natural environment, where you can rest and regain peace of mind, far from the big city.
Changes in the panorama of Chamonix/Mont-Blanc
The warm weather is also affecting the landscape in Haute-Savoie, where Chamonix is located. It currently hosts the largest glacier in the French Alps, called “Mer de Glace”, and the rising temperature is melting it away more and more rapidly, every year, changing the panorama. Specialists, who visit the glacier regularly, confirm that the change is easily visible, as the phenomenon accelerates.
The increase in temperature is leading scientists to predict that the 4,000 alpine glaciers existing today will have almost completely melted (90%) by 2100. That is, if the greenhouse gas continue to be emitted at the current rate. That would definitely affect the scenery in the Haute-Savoie region.
However, everyone agrees that the authorities have done a great job adapting and preparing for the future. An investment of over 1 billion euros, over the next 35 years, to keep the Mont-Blanc one of the most exciting mountains in the world, to visit and practice various sports, is a good example of the dynamic projects established in collaboration with all actors of the tourism industry in Chamonix and Haute-Savoie.