France's national forecaster Méteo France on Friday (June 9) afternoon increased the weather-warning levels for two southern French departments as storms and heavy rain swept in.
Hérault and Gard are now on the second-highest orange level alert for storms and floods on Friday evening. Weather channel La Chaîne météo says Bouches-du-Rhône will also see heavy rain.
It comes amid a very unsettled weather picture for France this weekend. The majority of the country is on alert for storms. Starting in western France on Friday morning, they were expected to move east on Saturday (June 10).
Une forte dégradation orageuse se mettra en place ce vendredi. Des #orages très pluvieux sont attendus du #Languedoc au sud de la vallée du Rhône et le risque d'inondation sera très élevé. ⛈⚠https://t.co/DloLGtz5wT pic.twitter.com/S0Y0BfsRvK— La Chaîne Météo (@lachainemeteo) June 8, 2023
Hérault and Gard aside, all Méteo France warnings are ‘level two’ yellow alerts, which signify people should be cautious when outside and keep up to date with local weather reports. Orange-level alerts advise people to be extra vigilant because dangerous weather is forecast.
Over the last month, France’s normal meteorological patterns have been turned on their head, with sun and dry conditions in the north and stormy, unsettled weather affecting the south.
We reported earlier this week that Paris, Lille and Nantes had gone more than three weeks without rain - a record for this time of year.
Storm moving east across France
On Friday, all departments in the west of the country, and most southern departments, are on alert over storms, alongside two departments in the east (Doubs and Jura).
In total, 52 departments are facing warnings on Friday.
The stormy conditions are set to move east across France with Saturday seeing slightly more warnings (54 departments). But the majority of these are in the north, centre, and south-east of the country.
Brittany, and most departments in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, do not currently have storm warnings in place for Saturday.
Departments on the Swiss and Italian borders do however have alerts in place.
These official warnings are relayed by Météo France and are updated daily to give information for the next 48 hours.
You can find the latest information here.