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France issues (another) weather warning as storms strike the north

France has issued another weather warning as thunder storms strike the north of the country.

France issues (another) weather warning as storms strike the north
Photo: AFP

After several weeks of storms including hailstorms so violent that a natural disaster was declared, more storms are set to hit the north of the country and Paris on Tuesday.

French weather forecaster La Chaine Météo has issued a yellow storm warning for 24 départements in the north and north west of the country.

The storms struck in Brittany early on Tuesday morning and are forecast to move south and west throughout the day.

The warning for very heavy rain, hail, thunder and winds of up to 100 km/h is in force until midnight.

The départements covered by the warning are Aisne, Ardennes, Calvados, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Ille-et-Vilaine, Loire-Atlantique, Manche, Marne, Mayenne, Nord, Oise, Orne, Pas-de-Calais, Sarthe, Paris, Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Somme, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val-d'Oise.

The storm comes just days after violent hailstorms struck the south east of France over the weekend, badly damaging crops including fruit, cereals and vineyards.

The damaged apricot harvest. Photo: AFP

The government has declared a state of natural disaster and offered funds to farmers who are facing losing their entire crop because of the damage.

READ ALSO What does a state of 'natural disaster' mean in France?

But gloomy as the weather seems to have been in France of late – summer is almost here, with a long, hot sunny summer forecast during July and August.

 

 

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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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