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MAP: Heatwave breaks records across France as towns see highest ever temperatures

Record-breaking temperatures have been seen across France as the heatwave continues, with some towns recording their highest temperatures ever.

MAP: Heatwave breaks records across France as towns see highest ever temperatures
Photo: AFP

Fourteen towns have reported their highest ever recorded temperature, and dozens more have reported records for the month of June.

French weather forecaster Météo France told France Info that: “Many records and historical temperatures are to be expected.”

In Clermont-Ferrand the temperature rose to 40.9C on Wednesday, a temperature never seen since the town's weather station opened in 1923.

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Other towns that reported all-time records were:

Carpentras in the Vaucluse at  44.3C

La Roche-sur-Yon in the Vendée at 38.8C

Villevieille in the Gard – 45.1C.

La Rochelle Ile de Ré in Charente Maritime at 40.5C

Bagnères-de-Luchon in Haut-Garonne at 39.6C

Aurillac in Cantal at 38.1C

Mende in Lozère at 39C

Grospierres in Ardèche at 42.3C

Labastide-des-Jourdans in Vacleuse at 38.8C

Trets in Bouches-de-Rhone at 40.8C

La Motte du Caire in Alpes de Haut Provence at 38.2C

And even the usually cooler areas in the Alps did not escape the higher temperatures, with Embrun in Hautes-Alpes reporting an all-time record of 36.9C.

Ski resort favourite Val d'Isere recorded 28.5C, while neighbouring Col des Saisies and La Tour, both in Savoie, recorded 29.2C and 31C respectively.

It is anticipated that further records will be set on Friday.

To see the interactive version of the map, click here.

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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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