France to get early taste of summer with mercury set to hit 28C

France is about to get a taste of summer this week as the mercury gets set to shoot up across the country from Tuesday, with possible highs of 28C.

France to get early taste of summer with mercury set to hit 28C
Photo: AFP/Meteo France
France is about to experience its first blast of summer in the coming days. 
While Monday will be mixed cloud and sun, temperatures of between 24C and 26C and sunshine will hit the country from Tuesday, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France
And the mercury, which is set to be much higher than average for the time of year, is expected to keep on rising on Wednesday and right up to the weekend. 
Temperatures will reach between 24C and 26C in both the north and south of the country and people in the south west are set for a real scorcher with the mercury reaching up to 28C in the south west. 
Weather map for Tuesday 2pm-5pm. Map: Meteo France 
On Wednesday afternoon, the mercury will reach 24C in Paris and Dijon and up to 27C in Bordeaux. 
In the French Alps the mercury could reach up to 26C on Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures expected to reach 24C in the eastern region of Grand Est.
In Provence, temperatures will reach highs of 24C. 
Weather map for Wednesday 2pm-8pm. Map: Meteo France 
But are these temperatures normal for the season?
While it might seem like a shock after a particularly cold winter, the temperatures are typical of what we usually see in the spring.
And weather experts are saying that it's still a bit early to say summer is here, with the sun set to be less intense and the evenings cooler than during July and August.
Temperatures are expected to take a slight tumble at the weekend. 

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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.