France braces for ‘very hot week’ as temperatures set to hit 40C

Monday kicked off what was predicted to be an extremely hot week in France, with some areas in the south seeing temperatures "approaching July records," according to Météo France.

France braces for 'very hot week' as temperatures set to hit 40C
Photo: AFP

The national weather agency warned of a “very strong heat” hitting the whole country on Monday, as France entered one of the hottest weeks this summer.

“The warmest temperatures locally in the southwest could approach monthly July records,” Météo France stated on their website.
Cities like Bordeaux and Lyon were predicted to see thermometers spiking as high as 34C and 37C respectively on Monday afternoon, while Paris would get 32C.

Most of the northern half of the mainland would see temperatures up to or above 30C, while some local areas in the south would get 40C in the afternoon.

“Locally 40C in Midi-Pyrénées,” the Méteo France warned inhabitants of the southern Occitanie département.
The agency said temperatures would cool off slightly on Tuesday and Wednesday in most of the country, except in the southeast where “it will be very hot all week”, with several areas getting up to 35C.
Thursday spells another surge in temperatures on a nationwide basis, and Friday “could be even hotter than Monday” for the entire country, according to Météo France.

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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.