Storm alerts have been extended across much of central-east France today (June 27), with Météo France placing 19 departments on ‘orange’ (second-most severe) alert for storms, and seven for rain.
The forecaster has termed the weather a “strong summer storm that requires particular vigilance”. There is a “strong risk of violent phenomena, and a risk of heavy rainfall”, it said.
The departments on storm alert are:
Ain, Allier, Cantal, Corrèze, Côte-d'Or, Creuse, Doubs, Jura, Loire, Haute-Loire, Lot, Nièvre, Puy-de-Dôme, Haut-Rhin, Rhône, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne and Territoire de Belfort.
Météo France said: “This Sunday (June 27), rain and storms will continue in several regions. Isolated storms with hailstorms and strong wind gusts will occur from the afternoon from the Auvergne to the Lyonnais and the Jura, and will then rise towards the northeast of the country.”
Storms are also expected later in the evening in the southwest, from the Massif Central to Bourgogne.
There will be thunderstorms and gusts of wind of up to 60-80 kph, and “significant and persistent rainfall”, the forecaster said. “Rainfall of up to 30-50mm is expected, and could reach 60mm or even 80mm in some areas, some of which are already waterlogged.”
The situation is expected to improve overnight tonight and into tomorrow (Monday, June 28).