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France set for an early summer scorcher with temperatures to top 30C

The mercury is rising in France with most of the the country set for two days of potentially record-breaking early summer sun. But the country shouldn't ditch their jumpers and rain coats just yet.

France set for an early summer scorcher with temperatures to top 30C
File Photo of Bordeaux in the sun. Photo: AFP
For the next two days much of France will enjoy the kind of summer temperatures usually seen in July and August.
 
In the south west of the country on Tuesday temperatures are likely to exceed 30 degrees for the first time this year according to national weather agency Méteo France. 
 
In the Bordeaux region some forecasts say the mercury will reach 33C hence suggestions that the unseasonal high temperatures will break records in parts of the south west for this time of year.
 
In the city of Toulouse the temperatures will hover around 30C on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
 
 
In Paris the mercury is forecast to hit 28C on Tuesday and 29C on Wednesday so its time to  reserve that table on the terrace or head down to the banks of the Seine. Or head to one of the city's parks to find some shade.
 
In the south temperatures are expected to rise to 28C in Nimes and 26C in Montpellier. while in Lyon the mercury will hit 25C on Tuesday and 28C on Wednesday.
 
It was a similar story for most of the country.
 
However in Brittany in the west of the country the cloud will likely return to the skies and Bretons should expect some rainfall later on Tuesday.
 
However the forecast says that rain will return to the country on Thursday, coinciding with a drop in temperatures. 
 
 
 

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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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