France to bake in summer sun on Thursday as mercury rises towards 30C

It's nothing but sun, sun and more sun in France at the moment, with the mercury set to rise to a whopping 29C in the French capital on Thursday. And it looks like the unseasonably warm weather is here to stay for the weekend ahead.

France to bake in summer sun on Thursday as mercury rises towards 30C
Photo: AFP
Temperatures in France are around 6C to 10C higher than the seasonal average as the sun shines across the country.  
In Paris on Thursday afternoon, temperatures will reach highs of a staggering 29C and the eastern Grand Est region and south west Nouvelle-Acquitaine region aren't far behind with highs expected to reach 28C, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France
Weather map for Thursday afternoon 2 pm – 5 pm. Map: Meteo France
Meanwhile swathes of the country are set for temperatures in the mid-high 20s. 
However somewhat surprisingly the Riviera and Corsica are expecting the coolest temperatures at around 19C. 
Nevertheless for most of France the unseasonably hot weather is expected to continue into the coming days, with the mercury set to reach 29C once again in the French capital on Friday afternoon. 
Temperatures in the capital and across the country are expected to drop by a few degrees on Saturday and Sunday but remain high. 
And the sun is predicted to shine throughout the weekend before the mercury takes a dip across the country on Monday and the clouds move in across northern parts of France. 
Rain is expected to hit Normandy on Saturday and there will be showers in some northern areas on Sunday.  
Weather map for Friday afternoon 2 pm – 5 pm. Map: Meteo France
Avalanche risk
But while the sun and warmth is cheering much of the country, some departments in France are experiencing a heightened risk of avalanche due to the sudden heat. 
Departments around the Pyrenees mountain range including Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrenees, Haute Garonne, Ariege and Pyrenees-Orientales have been placed on alert. 
And so have the departments around the French Alps, including Haute-Savoie, Savoie, Isere, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes. 
Corsica is also on alert for avalanches. 

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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.