Parts of northern France on alert for heavy rain and flooding

Parts of north west France were placed on alert on Monday morning due to the risk posed by heavy rains and flooding.

Parts of northern France on alert for heavy rain and flooding
Illustration pic. Photo: AFP
On Monday morning 6 departments across France were placed on orange alert for floods by France's national weather agency Meteo France.
The departments affected by the warnings are Calvados, Eure, Seine-Maritime, Somme, Pas-de-Calais and Nord. 
The warnings were expected to remain in place until 6 am Tuesday morning, with the rainfall set to last until the end of Monday.
Map: Meteo France
The cumulative rainfall expected over the day is 40 mm, locally 60 mm, which could lead to flooding. 
However the rain will gradually weaken on Monday evening as it shifts to the North Sea. 
The day is also set to bring strong winds to the Hauts-de-France region, with speeds expected to reach 80 km/h and possibly even 100 km/h.

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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.