Storm warnings issued as torrential rain forecast in France

Nine French départements have been placed on alert as storms and heavy rain are forecast for large parts of the country.

Storm warnings issued as torrential rain forecast in France
Map: Météo France

French weather forecaster Météo France has issued the warning for extremely heavy rain and thunder storms in the eastern part of the country.

The départements of Isère (38) Saône-et-Loire (71) Haute-Savoie (74) Ain (01), Doubs (25), Jura (39), Loire (42), Haute-Loire (43) and Rhône (69) are all on orange alert, meaning a significant risk of dangerous weather conditions.


The alert began at 10.30am on Tuesday and runs until midday Wednesday.

Météo France said: “From the beginning of Tuesday afternoon storms will multiply over the Massif Central. They will then head back up towards Switzerland. These storms are shaping up to be strong.

“In the départments placed on orange alert, heavy rains of between 30 and 50 mm per hour are expected (generating a risk of runoff and local flooding). Hail, wind gusts between 80 and 100 km/h and sustained electrical activity are expected.”

Although the places on orange alert are in the east, most of France is expected to get a taste of rain and storms on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Map: Météo France
Storms are expected overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday in Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, parts of the Massif Central and Rhône-Alpes.
Northern France including Paris and Brittany are forecast to get rain and some thunder early on Wednesday, with the storm clouds moving to the south east and south west later in the day.

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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.