France gets last dose of summer sun as mercury rises to 33C

The summer isn't quite over yet in France, with temperatures set to rise and the mercury expected to reach a sizzling 33C in some parts of the country.

France gets last dose of summer sun as mercury rises to 33C
Photo: AFP
It's not time to pack away your swimsuit and sun lounger quite yet in France.
The weather is set to remain hot and sunny across much of France during the week ahead, with the mercury expected to rise to a scorching 33C in some parts of the country on Wednesday, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France.  
Weather forecast for Wednesday. Map: Meteo France 
The hottest temperatures are expected to be hit Auxerre in Burgundy, Lyon and Bourges in central France. 
Monday afternoon is set to be mostly sunny, with temperatures expected to reach 21C in the port city of Brest in Brittany and Cherbourg in the north west. 
However those in Lyon and Montélimar in the south east are set for a real late summer scorcher with temperatures set to reach 32C.
In Paris, temperatures are set to hit 28C on Tuesday while the mercury will reach a sizzling 33C in Bordeaux. 
After the heat reaches is peak on Wednesday, temperatures are set to drop across most of the country on Thursday before picking up again on Friday. 
Summer 2018 was the second hottest on record in France, Meteo France recently confirmed, with temperatures in July and August averaging 2C higher than seasonal norms.
With this summer ranking as the second hottest on record, 2018 follows hot on the heels of 2003 — the hottest — when temperatures were 3.2C above seasonal norms. 
This is according to weather records since 1959 which compare temperatures from July 1st to August 31st, also known as the meteorological summer.

Confirmed: Summer 2018 was France's second hottest on recordPhoto: AFP

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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.