Swathes of France to be hit by storms OR sweltering sun

Much of France will be hit by either thunder and lightning or sweltering sun on Tuesday with 18 departments in the centre and southwest of the country placed on alert for storms and heatwaves.

Swathes of France to be hit by storms OR sweltering sun
Photo: AFP
Some 12 departments have been placed on alert by national weather agency Météo France for storms while a further six have been placed on “yellow alert” for heatwaves. 
The area affected by the somewhat extreme weather is south central France as well as departments on the Atlantic coast (see map below).
The departments placed on alert for storms by national weather agency Météo France are Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Dordogne, Gironde, Haute-Loire, Landes, Loire, Lozère, Lot-et-Garonne, Lot and Puy-de-Dôme with the clouds expected to gather on Tuesday afternoon. 
The departments placed on “yellow alert” for a heatwave (canicule) are Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, l'Isère, Rhône and Vaucluse.
It looks like people in southern France's Rhone Valley will be sweating up a storm with temperatures expected to reach a scorching 35-37C.
Météo France “predicts sweltering temperatures in the Rhone Valley and the region around Grenoble and Lyon until Wednesday.”
Map: Météo France 
In general the southern half of the country looks set for a sweltering afternoon with the mercury rising to between 28-34C. 
The warnings come soon after meteorologists at Météo France predicted that the month of June could be one of the top three hottest on record.



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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.