Temperatures predicted to reach 35C as parts of France approach heatwave warnings

Temperatures are predicted to reach 35 in some parts of France this weekend, with certain areas approaching the threshold for heatwave warnings.

Temperatures predicted to reach 35C as parts of France approach heatwave warnings
Photo: Sebastian Bozon/AFP

In the first hot weather of the summer, temperatures will soar over the next few days to reach 30C in the north and 35C in the south, with the south west seeing the hottest weather, according to French weather forecaster Météo France.

On Saturday and Sunday, “temperatures will continue to rise. At the end of the week, we will often reach the 30C threshold in the northern half of the country and we will approach the 35C threshold in the southern half”, said Météo France.

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The south west Languedoc area is expected to see the highest temperatures, with the département of Landes approaching the threshold for an orange heatwave warning.

There will, however be rain showers and some storms over the Pyrenees, Alps and Corsica over the weekend.

The heat is forecast to continue into the middle of next week.

Public health body Santé Publique France on June 1st launched its heatwave plan, which this year includes text messages sent to vulnerable people and warning notices translated into English.

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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.