France placed on alert for violent storms
Ben McPartland · 2 Aug 2013, 14:03
Published: 02 Aug 2013 14:03 GMT+02:00
For the second time in a matter of weeks a mini-heatwave in France is set to be brought to an abrupt end by electric storms.
After two days of sweltering weather, which saw the mercury rise to the highest level so far this year, storms are set to return across the country on Friday evening.
The country’s weather service Météo France has issued storm warnings for 30 departments from the south west, through the centre of the country to the north east.
“This situation requires a particular vigilance due to strong possibility of violent storms,” said Météo France in a statement.
Gale force winds are expected as well as hail storms and heavy rain.
The storms are set to first hit the Gironde region of south west France before heading inland through Limousin and then to the north of the country.
Among the departments placed on Orange alert for storms by Météo France are: Aisne, Allier, Cher, Côte-d'Or, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Meuse, Nièvre, Paris et petite couronne, Seine-et-Marne, Yonne, Essonne, Val-d'Oise, Charente, Creuse, Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Vienne and Haute-Vienne.
Earlier this week storms left thousands of households without electricity in the south of the country and brought trees crashing down in the Riviera resort of Nice.
And last week some of Burgundy’s most prestigious vineyards were destroyed by hail storms.
Several people have died or been left seriously injured in recent weeks after being struck by lightning.