Of the 32 departments in southwestern and central France affected by an orange storm alert yesterday, only four remain in place today. These are in the Gers, Haute-Garonne, Ariège and Tarn-et-Garonne.
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Yesterday, heavy rains caused flooding in Aude and Lot-et-Garonne. Agen was the hardest hit, receiving two months of rain within hours, its streets becoming impassable and firefighters sent on a rescue mission.
Read more: Severe flooding in south-eastern France after two months of rain in 24 hours
Today, the stormy weather will move to the east of the country.
Stormy showers are expected this afternoon in an area stretching from Occitanie to Limousin, Burgundy, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, with the greatest concentration between Limousin and the Pyrenees.
West of these areas, the relative calm this morning will be followed by more scattered showers. The weather will then become progressively more unstable from around noon with thunderstorms increasing locally.
For the rest of the country, the sky will be mostly cloudy from the east of the Massif Central to the Rhône valley via Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
On the Alps and the mountains of Corsica, showers will develop and extend to Franche-Comté and Alsace.
In the afternoon, temperatures will be significantly lower, around 23-26C overall, with 20-23C for Brittany and Manche, but 27-30C for Provence and Corsica.
Four orange thunderstorm alerts
Thunderstorms in the foothills of the Pyrenees will spread rapidly throughout the affected area in the early evening, with precipitation of up to 70-80mm locally.
As for the Gers, the eastern zone will be the most affected by heavy rainfall. Hail showers and winds of up to 60-80 km / h are possible.
At the end of the evening, thunderstorms will move over the Haute-Garonne and Ariège, before dissipating in the middle of the night.
32 departments of southwestern and central France on orange storm alert