UPDATE: Storm warnings issued for central and southern France

After several days of temperatures climbing over the 30C-mark, parts of central and southern France were braced for storms on Friday.

UPDATE: Storm warnings issued for central and southern France
Photo: AFP / Meteo France

National weather agency Méteo France has placed 20 départements in central and southern France on “orange” alert for thunderstorms on Friday evening – up from 13 initiqlly – with lightning, hail and heavy rain and wind forecast.

The départements with warnings in place are Allier, Aveyron, Cantal, Cher, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Indre, Loire, Haute-Loire, Loiret, Lot, le Lot-et-Garonne, Puy-de-Dôme, Seine-et-Marne, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne and Haute-Vienne.

Winds are expected to reach a strength up to 110-120 km/h, according to Météo France, which said the storms will move from west to east, reaching the Pyrenees mountains on Friday evening and night. 


Some parts of France were given a taste of the storms on Thursday evening.


Méteo France said it advised people to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm and said people should turn of their electric devices. 


Most of the entire mainland is likely to see stormy weather over the coming days, forecasters say.





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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.