Weather warning: Violent storms to lash south west France

It might be summertime but on Wednesday afternoon the warm weather will be accompanied by violent storms in the south west of France.

Weather warning: Violent storms to lash south west France
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A total of 28 departments were placed on orange alert — the second highest warning — for storms by France's national weather agency Meteo France on Wednesday morning. 
The warnings are expected to remain in place until Thursday at 6 am. 
The departments concerned are Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne, Ariège, Landes, Gers, Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Aveyron, Lot, Dordogne, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Haute-Vienne, Corrèze, Cantal, Indre, Creuse, Puy-de-Dôme, Haute-Loire, Loire, Allier, Cher, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Rhône.
People in these areas are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of violent weather. 
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The storms are set to hit the coastal departments on the Aquitaine coast and then quickly spread towards Gascony, the Limousin and the Massif Central, said the weather agency. 
These storms come after a period of hot and humid weather, with maximum temperatures of between 30C and 33C and “will be very sudden and often violent” said Meteo France adding that “strong gusts often reaching 80km/h – 100 km/h and 130 km/h locally. 
The storms will also be accompanied by “heavy hail, and intense rainfall”.
In the evening, the storms could spread into the east possibly hitting the Massif Central as well as the north of the Rhône-Alpes region and more weather warnings may be issued. 

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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.