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20 departments in France on alert for storms and wind of up to 100km/h

Heavy rainfall is also expected in some areas, although temperatures are still forecast to remain unseasonably warm

An umbrella in heavy rainfall

Storms are forecast for this afternoon and this evening in France, despite the otherwise sunny weather Pic: Brian A Jackson / Shutterstock

Storms are expected to hit France tonight, including gusts of up to 100 km/h, causing some public parks and gardens to be closed in anticipation.

A total of 20 departments are on orange alert for storms, from the Massif Central to Alsace. Violent storms are expected to hit the country this afternoon and into the evening. 

Gusts of wind up to 100km/h are expected, along with heavy rain and even some hail in places. Between 30-60mm of rain is expected, which could rise to as much as 90-100mm in the Cévennes, La Chaîne Météo has said.

The alerts are currently set to remain in place until 6:00 tomorrow morning (Monday, October 24).

It comes as Météo France has predicted that, apart from the storms, unseasonally mild weather is expected to last until at least the beginning of November.

Temperatures of 17-25C are expected across the country next week and the week after, with forecasters stating that the month is shaping up to be “historically warm”.

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