Heatwave warnings extended across central and southern France

Some 19 departments in France are now on alert due to the high temperatures as the latest heatwave shows no sign of relenting.

Heatwave warnings extended across central and southern France

French weather agency Météo France extended the heatwave warnings on Tuesday from nine to 19 departments.

Those departments placed on Orange alert on Tuesday were Aude, Bouches-du-Rhône, la Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Côte d'Or, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Saone-et-Loire, Var, Territoire-de-Belfort.

Another nine departments:  Ardèche, Drôme, Pyrénées-Orientales, Rhône, Alpes-Maritimes, Gard, Hérault, Isère and Vaucluse, were already on alert for the heatwave.

Méteo France indicated that at around 3pm on Tuesday temperatures were reaching up to 36C in parts of theLyon area of central France and Alsace in the east.

Further south however in the Rhône Valley and the departments along the Mediterranean coast, the mercury was forecast to hit 39C.


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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.