After a disappointing summer, France can look forward to over a week of soaring temperatures which will make September a hotter month than July this year.

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France set for warmest September in 25 years

After a disappointing summer, France can look forward to over a week of soaring temperatures which will make September a hotter month than July this year.

France set for warmest September in 25 years
Steven Worster

Temperatures are expected to be 5 or 6 degrees above the seasonal norm, with highs of 27˚C in the north of the country and 29˚C in the south later this week.

Newspaper France Soir reported that a strong anticyclone over central Europe was bringing warm air from the south.

By September 24th, average temperatures in France for the month had reached 18.9˚C. This was the same as the average for the whole of July, which was the coldest July for 30 years. 

This week’s higher temperatures mean the September average will likely be warmer than July, making it the warmest September for at least 25 years.

 

The weather could be good news for the many French people who still have holiday to take before the end of the year. A survey by easyvoyage.com found that 88 percent of the French have not yet used all their holiday entitlement. 

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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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