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Most of northern France is on alert for storms and high winds

Gusts of up to 120km/h are being forecast in some areas

Today's (March 29) calm weather will quickly make way for more turbulent weather Pic: Screenshot / VigiMétéoFrance / John D Sirlin / Shutterstock

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.

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.

Read also: Erratic weather as France's south-west set to go from frost to 28°C

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. 

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