In the Gard département in southern France, 630 hectares have been left devastated after huge brushfires swept through the parched region.
A total of 550 firefighters spent Saturday battling the flames, which destroyed 11 houses and left three people slightly injured.
MAJ 20H50 ? [#incendie] #Gard
➡️ 3 #SP légèrement blessés
➡️ #Vauvert 50ha, 1 maison, 1 blessé léger
➡️ #Garons 150ha, 10 maisons
➡️ #Montfrin 70ha, 2 maisons
➡️ #Bouillargues 25 ha, 2 maisons, 4 chevaux DCD
➡️ #Beaucaire 45ha
? Habitations menacées
— Ludovic BILLA (@LudovicBILLA) 28 June 2019
Over the weekend at least 10 people died in drowning incidents, while two people were reported to have died on Friday while working outside in the intense heat.
A child was seriously injured north of Paris on Thursday after being catapulted into the air by water gushing from an open fire hydrant and then crashing to the ground.
On Friday 13 départements in the south east of the country remained on orange alert for the heatwave while in the rest of the country temperatures cooled to a seasonal norm.
Storm warnings for the east of the country. Map Météo France
Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Bouches-du-Rhône, Drôme, Gard, Hérault, Isère, Rhône, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Var and Vaucluse remain on orange alert, the second highest level, for the heatwave.
However there are also warnings out of storms on Monday and several areas in the east of the country have been put on alert for possible hail, as well as thunder and lightning.