For the tenth year running, the annual summer beach along the Seine known as Paris Plages is about to offer Parisians an escape from the city's usual sweltering heat.

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Paris beach set to open under cloudy skies

For the tenth year running, the annual summer beach along the Seine known as Paris Plages is about to offer Parisians an escape from the city's usual sweltering heat.

Paris beach set to open under cloudy skies
Jean-Louis Zimmermann

The only problem this year is that the weather is more characteristic of autumn than summer. 

 

Six barges from Bernières in Normandy brought six tonnes of sand into the capital on Tuesday, more than ever before. The beach will be in three locations this year, the longest running for one kilometre along the city’s right bank between the Louvre and the Hôtel de Ville.

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As the sand was unloaded, there was rain for most of the day and temperatures barely reached 17˚C. Temperatures of just 14˚C are expected for the morning of the beach’s launch on Thursday. National weather forecaster Météo France does not offer much hope for the next week. Rain is forecast every day until next Wednesday, July 27th, when sun and a high of 24˚C are expected.

 

Optimistic organisers are undeterred. Around 250 deck chairs and 280 parasols will line the beaches, as well as a wide range of activities for adults and children. Dance lessons, table football and an aquagym will all be on offer. The city has also organised a series of concerts that will take place in front of the Hôtel de Ville from July 21st to 24th.

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South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday. 

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