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Summer storms to batter south-western France

Parts of France's south west are on high alert on Monday with wild weather set to create havoc in three coastal départements from the early evening on.

Summer storms to batter south-western France
The heavy weather is expected to roll in at 7pm, not abating until 6pm on Tuesday. File photo: AFP

While most of France will enjoy stable, summery conditions on Monday, the country's south-western corner is set for storms.

The départements of Gironde, Landes and Pyrénées Atlantiques have all been put on orange alert, meaning dangerous meteorological conditions are forecast according to Météo France.

People in the region can expect heavy downpours, or even hail, and winds of up to 100km/h, France's official agency warned.

The heavy weather is expected to roll in at 7pm, not abating until 6pm on Tuesday.

Météo France have warned people not to take shelter under trees and to avoid parks, forests and mountain areas until the storms pass.

The wet weather will no doubt come as a welcome relief to the area – particularly the Gironde region, which has been plagued by extensive forest fire in recent weeks.

A fire to the west of Bordeaux torched over 600 hectares of land and burned for days before firefighters were able to get it under control. 

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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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