Paris records record May rainfall – and there’s more to come

Paris has seen record rainfalls in May, with more wet weather to come, say forecasters.

Paris records record May rainfall - and there's more to come
Photo: AFP

Torrential rain on Friday and Saturday saw almost the entire monthly average of rainfall for May in just 24 hours.

According to French weather channel La Chaine Météo, between 8am on Friday and 8am on Saturday 43.8 mm of rain fell in Paris. The average rainfall for the whole of the month of May in the region is 57mm.

In total, since the beginning of the month, nearly 80mm of rain has fallen in Paris.

Combs-la-ville in the Seine-et-Marne department recorded an all-time high for May rainfall on Saturday, with 59.6mm recorded in 24 hours.

Thunder is expected at the weekend. Map: France Météo

Although the weather had brightened up on Monday and was set to stay sunny this week, weather forecasters are warning of heavy showers at the weekend with the likelihood of thunder and hail.


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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.