France on alert for roasting temperatures AND violent storms

While parts of central and eastern France have been warned about the heatwave, the north of the country is on alert for violent storms.

France on alert for roasting temperatures AND violent storms
Photos: AFP
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. 


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.