Heatwave to hit France with temperatures set to reach 40C

France is set to sizzle next week, with temperatures expected to reach the 40C mark.

Heatwave to hit France with temperatures set to reach 40C
Photo: AFP

After a damp and cool May and June with frequent storms – some northern parts of France were hit with hailstones the size of golf balls earlier this week – the summer seems to have finally arrived.



Weather forecaster Méteo France is forecasting a heatwave beginning on Monday and taking in the majority of the country.

The temperatures will begin to climb on Sunday night and by Monday will be peaking at between 35 and 40C for most of the country – apart from Brittany.

Méteo France said: “Minimum temperatures will drop only slightly at night, mercury will not drop below 20C in most regions. 

“Although short-lived, this heat wave could be remarkable for its early onset and intensity.” 

The heatwave is caused by a mass of very hot air coming in from North Africa and Spain. 

The heatwave is expected to last for a week, but the long range forecast shows that summer temperatures across July and August are expected to be higher than normal.



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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.