While most of France was sweltering in the heat as temperatures rose once again, Brittany and Normandy in the north west were being battered by violent but spectacular storms.
While much of the country was under blue skies the tweets and video below showed the kind of intimidating skies over north west France.
— Vincent Hurbain (@suricate_hrb) July 18, 2017
— Colpin Hubert (@Hubert_Colpin) July 18, 2017
— ☀️Météo B-Normandie☀ (@NormandieMeteo) July 18, 2017
France's weather service Météo France placed 10 departments on alert for storms including all of those in Normandy: Orne, Calvados, Eure and Seine-Maritime plus several departments in the south west: Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonnes and Pyrenees-Atlantique.