Mouthe is a commune in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France. The town is known for having the coldest recorded temperature in France.[2]

Mouthe
A general view of Mouthe
A general view of Mouthe
Coat of arms of Mouthe
Coat of arms
Location of Mouthe
Mouthe is located in France
Mouthe
Mouthe
Mouthe is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Mouthe
Mouthe
Coordinates: 46°42′41″N 6°11′40″E / 46.7114°N 6.1944°E / 46.7114; 6.1944Coordinates: 46°42′41″N 6°11′40″E / 46.7114°N 6.1944°E / 46.7114; 6.1944
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentDoubs
ArrondissementPontarlier
CantonFrasne
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Élisabeth Rampant
Area
1
38.73 km2 (14.95 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
1,072
 • Density28/km2 (72/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
25413 /25240
Elevation926–1,414 m (3,038–4,639 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

 
Church of the Assumption of Mouthe (1732–1749), designed by J.-P. Galezot

The town is located 30 km (19 mi) south of Pontarlier in the Jura Mountains on the Swiss border. The source of the Doubs River is 2 km (1.2 mi) from Mouthe.

ClimateEdit

Mouthe, is located in a region of the Jura Mountains known as "Little Siberia" (La Petite Sibérie) and snowfalls are not uncommon as late as the third week of March.[2] Although the average low temperature for January in the town ranges from about -6 °C to -10 °C, the low temperature descended to -36.7 °C (-34.1 °F) on 13 January 1968, and fell further, to -41.2 °C (-42.2 °F) on 17 January 1985.[2]

Due to its elevation, Mouthe features a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb, according to the Köppen climate classification), with an average annual precipitation of 1,713 mm (67.44 in). Summers are mild while winters are very cold and snowy.

Climate data for Mouthe, elevation: 940 m (3,084 ft), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1880–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 20.0
(68.0)
21.0
(69.8)
25.0
(77.0)
28.0
(82.4)
31.0
(87.8)
35.5
(95.9)
36.0
(96.8)
35.5
(95.9)
35.0
(95.0)
28.0
(82.4)
26.0
(78.8)
19.5
(67.1)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) 3.5
(38.3)
4.5
(40.1)
7.7
(45.9)
10.7
(51.3)
15.7
(60.3)
18.6
(65.5)
21.8
(71.2)
21.8
(71.2)
17.7
(63.9)
13.9
(57.0)
7.5
(45.5)
4.4
(39.9)
12.4
(54.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.8
(28.8)
−0.9
(30.4)
2.2
(36.0)
5.1
(41.2)
9.8
(49.6)
12.6
(54.7)
15.4
(59.7)
15.1
(59.2)
11.6
(52.9)
8.2
(46.8)
2.4
(36.3)
−0.1
(31.8)
6.7
(44.1)
Average low °C (°F) −7.0
(19.4)
−6.3
(20.7)
−3.2
(26.2)
−0.4
(31.3)
3.8
(38.8)
6.6
(43.9)
9.0
(48.2)
8.4
(47.1)
5.5
(41.9)
2.4
(36.3)
−2.8
(27.0)
−4.7
(23.5)
1.0
(33.8)
Record low °C (°F) −36.7
(−34.1)
−31.1
(−24.0)
−31.6
(−24.9)
−20.5
(−4.9)
−9.8
(14.4)
−6.5
(20.3)
−4.0
(24.8)
−4.5
(23.9)
−7.1
(19.2)
−14.3
(6.3)
−29.6
(−21.3)
−32.8
(−27.0)
−41.2
(−42.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 154.0
(6.06)
137.6
(5.42)
140.1
(5.52)
123.8
(4.87)
146.3
(5.76)
141.3
(5.56)
118.0
(4.65)
129.6
(5.10)
135.8
(5.35)
156.4
(6.16)
155.9
(6.14)
174.1
(6.85)
1,712.9
(67.44)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 13.5 12.5 12.9 12.8 15.3 12.1 11.1 11.5 10.2 13.1 13.2 14.0 152.3
Source: Meteo France[3]


The village and its church served as the location for the film Nobody Else But You (2011).

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962680—    
1968760+11.8%
1975811+6.7%
1982813+0.2%
1990898+10.5%
1999891−0.8%
2006958+7.5%
2011958+0.0%
20161,083+13.0%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Mouthe (Doubs) "La Petite Sibérie" : Le village le plus froid de France". Sondages & Tendances. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Mouthe (25)" (PDF). Fiche Climatologique: Statistiques 1981–2010 et records (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved 14 February 2019.

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