Storms to hit Paris and northern France

Storms to hit Paris and northern France
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So much for the heatwave. Paris and several regions in the north of France were placed on alert for violent storms on Friday. At least those in the south of the country can continue to enjoy the sun.
Just when you'd got your summer gear out of the closet, it might be time to add an umbrella.
Is that it for the heatwave in Paris and northern France?
Ile-de-France, Nord Pas-de-Calais and Picardie were place on “Orange Alert” – the second highest level of weather warning – with violent storms set to hit the region on Friday evening.
The country's meteorological service Météo France said that the warnings are to remain in place from 3pm on Friday until 10pm, with winds expected to reach up to 100km/h. 
Vigilance Orange means the public should take particular precaution when outside as they could be at risk of falling trees and pylons. It added that the public should be wary of lightning, and that thet should also keep up to date with the changing situation.
Weather agency MéteoConsult, meanwhile, forecast that the rest of northern France can expect a wet afternoon on Friday (see map below). 
Those in the south, however, can breathe easy, with more warm weather continuing. Indeed, temperatures could reach as high as 35C in some areas – almost enough to constitute a heat wave.
If you're in France and need a place to either escape the heat or enjoy the sun, be sure to check out our list of the top ten beaches in the country. 

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