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Sun, storms: What weather in France for today’s ‘lundi de Pentecôte’?

The weather is divided, with sun in the northern half and storms breaking out across the south  

A wheat field in two kinds of weather, sun on one side and rain on the other

The weather today and tomorrow in France is forecast to be in two halves, split north-south Pic: New Africa / Shutterstock

Today’s lundi de Pentecôte (Monday, May 29) has a mixed forecast across France, with generous sunshine in the north, but storms expected to hit in the south.

The weather will be largely the same as over the past two days, said forecaster Météo France, split by a north-south divide.

Sunshine in the north

The forecaster said: “North of the Bordeaux-Mâcon line, weather will remain sunny. The sky is almost cloudless at the moment, with some low clouds from Contentin in the north of Brittany at the start of the day.”

Wind is expected in the northeast with gusts of up to 70km/h, especially along the northern Channel coast. However, it will still feel warm with temperatures set to reach 26-27C this afternoon.

Storms in the south

However, in the south, storms are expected.

Météo France said: “Stormy weather will start in the middle of the day in the Pyrénées, the Massif Central, the Alps, and Corsica. Storms will occur in the afternoon in Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, and the Rhône valley.”

The forecaster has placed 29 departments on yellow alert for storms however most are set to end by late evening. Yet, stormy weather is expected to continue on May 30, with more sun in the north and storms in the south.

Already, Météo France said that 55mm of rain has fallen in 40 minutes near St André les Alpes.

The departments on storm alert are:

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Ariège, Aude, Aveyron, Bouches-du-Rhône, Cantal, Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Drôme, Gard, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Gironde, Hérault, Isère, Landes, Haute-Loire, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Lozère, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var, and Vaucluse.

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