Roasting temperatures set to hit the south east of France

The mercury is set to soar in south east France and Corsica in the days ahead.

Roasting temperatures set to hit the south east of France
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Scorching temperatures are set to hit south east France on Wednesday with 12 departments placed on orange alert for heatwaves by national weather agency Météo France
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Bouches-du-Rhône, Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Drôme, Isère, Rhône, Var and Vaucluse have been placed on orange alert which calls for people to be “very vigilant”. 
The 12 departments were placed on alert at midnight on Tuesday, with the current wave of hot temperatures expected to last until “at least” 9pm on Thursday, the national weather agency has said, adding that certain areas were already experiencing scorching temperatures at the end of Tuesday night.
It's predicted that maximum temperatures on Wednesday will easily reach above a roasting 34C in the Lyon area and Dauphiné in the south east and 36C in the Rhone Valley.
While on the French Riviera the mercury is really set to soar with temperatures expected to frequently go higher than 38C and occasionally even higher in Corsica, during the days ahead, the weather agency said. 


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.