France set for scorching (and stormy) weekend with mercury to rise above 30C

Sunshine and scorching temperatures are set to hit most of France this weekend, with the mercury expected to reach up to 31C in some parts of the country.

France set for scorching (and stormy) weekend with mercury to rise above 30C
Illustration photo: People refresh themselves in the water of a fountain at Andre Citroen garden in Paris
Parasols and sun cream will be the order of the day across most of France this weekend, although in many places this taste of summer will be accompanied by thunderstorms, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France
On Friday, the mercury is set to hit 28C in Paris, while in Clermont-Ferrand it will reach up to a scorching 30C. 
Weather map for Friday afternoon. Photo: Meteo France
Similarly, temperatures in Toulouse and Bordeaux temperatures are expected to reach 29C and it will be 26C in Ajaccio in Corsica. 
At the same time a thunderstorm will make its way from the north west of France towards the centre west of the country however generally the weather will remain dry, the weather agency said.  
On Saturday temperatures are set to keep on rising, reaching up to 30C in Paris and up to a scorching 31C in Grenoble. 
Strasbourg will see the mercury hit 29C, while in Bordeaux in Toulouse it is expected to reach 28C. 
On average the mercury will reach 29C in the north of the country and 28C in the south on Saturday afternoon. 
Weather map for Saturday afternoon. Photo: Meteo France
Meanwhile a few stormy, isolated showers will occur in the west of the country but elsewhere the weather will be mild and largely sunny.
Temperatures are set to remain similarly high across France on Sunday with bright blue skies in most parts of the country, although storms and showers will hit the west and Alps area. 
Weather map for Sunday afternoon. Photo: Meteo France

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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.