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France on alert for roasting temperatures AND violent storms

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France on alert for roasting temperatures AND violent storms
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17:32 CEST+02:00
While parts of central and eastern France have been warned about the heatwave, the north of the country is on alert for violent storms.
A huge swathe of central France was placed on heatwave alert on Thursday, the north of the country was due to be hit by violent storms, with a total of 16 departments in France on alert due to the extreme weather conditions. 
 
The eight departments of central France placed on alert for a heatwave are Ain, Allier, Isère, Jura, Loire, Puy de Dôme, Rhône and Saône-et-Loi. 
 
 
Map: Meteo France 
 
These departments join eight others in the north of the country, which have been on alert for the past 16 hours, although for a very different reason. 
 
Oise, Somme, Aisne, Ardennes, Marne, Seine-Maritime, Nord and Pas de-Calais have been on orange alert for storms, the second highest level of warning, meaning that people should be vigilant. 
 
Seine-Maritime and Charente-Maritime have already been hit by stormy showers on Thursday morning. 
 
"Light storms have been circling the north of the country during the morning. After a lull around midday and at the beginning of the afternoon, the weather will become hotter and muggier" which leads to storms, Meteo France explained.  
 
Map: Meteo France 
 
In the areas of the country  on alert for storms, the national weather agency warned that wind speeds could reach 100km/h. 
 
The storm alerts are expected to be lifted on Thursday night or Friday morning. 
 
 
 
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