France set for more scorching weather as the mercury rises once again

After the record-breaking temperatures of June, a new mini heat wave is about to hit France on Wednesday.

France set for more scorching weather as the mercury rises once again
Photo: AFP
Scorching temperatures are set to hit France once again, particularly in the south west of the countr ywhere the mercury is expected to reach a roasting 35C, national weather agency Météo France has said
And even though the temperatures are predicted to be at their highest in the south west of the country, the sunny weather is expected to hit the whole of France. 
The weather map for Wednesday afternoon shows that the sun will be shining in most of the country (see below). 
Map: Meteo France 
On Wednesday afternoon, maximum temperatures are expected rise to 29C in the north of the country with highs of 33C in other parts of France. 
Temperatures will remain around the 30C mark in much of the country until Friday, but storms are due to hit the north east of the country on Thursday afternoon/evening.
The weather map for Thursday afternoon shows the storms that will affect the far north of the country (see below). 
Map: Meteo France 
On Friday afternoon, most of France will be sunny although there will be some showers in the north east (see map below). 
Map: Meteo France 
In June, The Local reported that most of France experienced the hottest June night ever recorded as the average night-time temperature was a sweaty 26.4C. The record breaking night came at the end of a scorching heatwave that affected most of the country for several days, during which a whopping 67 departments were placed on alert for heatwaves.  

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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.