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In pictures: Eiffel Tower struck by lightning as storms hit Paris

The Iron Lady was hit by lightning on Wednesday during a spring storm in Paris. Here's a look at the moment in pictures and what's on the horizon for the weather in France over the coming days.

In pictures: Eiffel Tower struck by lightning as storms hit Paris
Photo: Bertrand Kulik/Flickr

The moment the bolt of lightning hit the iconic Paris monument was captured by photographer Bertrand Kulik (see below). 

 

 
 
 
The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris and is regularly hit by lightning, with the monument receiving around four to five strikes a year.
 
This isn't the first time such dramatic scenes have been witnessed in the French capital and elsewhere across France during the month of May. 
 
Last year France's national weather agency Méteo France said that the country experienced the most lightning strikes making contact with the earth since the year 2000.
 
More storms are set to hit France on Thursday in the Hauts-de-France region in the north while rain will hit much of the rest of the country, according to Meteo France. 
 
Meanwhile on Friday the storms will hit Occitanie right in the south of France as temperatures and conditions start to improve across most of the country. 
 
From Monday next week, the weather will seem more pleasantly springlike, with sunshine predicted across most of France and the mercury set to rise from Wednesday. 
 
French words to know:
 
Weather – la météo 
 
Eiffel Tower – la Tour Eiffel
 
Lightning – la foudre
 
Storm – un orage

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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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