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Public warned as eastern and southern France placed on heatwave alert

Much of eastern and southern France were placed on heatwave alert on Wednesday afternoon, with the public warned to take precautions in the scorching temperatures.

Public warned as eastern and southern France placed on heatwave alert

The national weather agency Météo France extended the heatwave alerts from 19 to 34 departments on Wednesday as the mercury continued to rise in France.

The hot weather warnings were in place in most of eastern France as well as the departments on the south coast and parts of south west France (see map below).

Météo France is predicting an “extended and strong” heatwave that will last into the weekend and the beginning of next week.

French Heath Minister Agnes Buzyn announced that “heatwave plan” will be implemented in the 34 departments on alert, which means steps will be taken to alert the most vulnerable to the dangers of the hot weather.

In general Météo France advises people to stay cool and avoid exercising in the heat. Plus the public should drink water regularly even when not thirsty.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 30s throughout the week and could possibly hit the 40C mark in parts of the east and south.

 

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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. 

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