Most of northern France is bracing itself for storms and high winds.
Météo France has issued a yellow alert (the third-highest possible) for stormy conditions in more than 40 departments.
It mainly affects France’s north and north-east but also includes some departments in Brittany and Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
Western and central departments are on alert from late on Wednesday (March 29) evening, with the north and north-east expected to be hit on Thursday.
The departments of Isère and Haute-Savoie are forecast to be on yellow alert for avalanche risks on Thursday.
La Chaîne Météo says Friday (March 31) could be worse, with 120km/h gusts expected in north and north-west France.
Le fort coup de #vent se confirme pour la nuit de jeudi à vendredi, ainsi que vendredi toute la journée. Voici les rafales max attendues sur l'épisode. Des rafales à 120 km/h seront possibles sur la pointe bretonne et les caps exposés. pic.twitter.com/NAoB5FiSzm— La Chaîne Météo (@lachainemeteo) March 29, 2023
The storms and high winds are in stark contrast to Wednesday’s weather in France’s south-west, which saw temperatures in the high 20s, threatening records.
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You can keep up to date with any changes to Thursday’s weather on Météo France’s website here.
Yellow-weather warnings are the third-highest given, asking people to exercise caution when outside and keep informed of local weather changes.