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Weather: A Stormy Evening in the South of France

No department is placed on orange alert this Monday 7th May, but conditions have deteriorated in the southern half of the country, where stormy showers, sometimes accompanied by hail, are expected.

It could not last. An air mass loaded with moisture has reached France by the south, Monday 7th May, after a sunny weekend , marked by pleasant temperatures, often above 20 ° C.

Meteo France, which did not emit orange vigilance, reported “locally strong thunderstorms , with the risk of significant rainfall totals in a very short time (of the order of 30 to 50 mm), hail and gusts of wind , on part of the southern half.

Lightning in the dark sky

These storms started in the middle of the afternoon, Monday, as evidenced by the many photos posted on social networks.

In Puy-Sainte-Réparade, in Provence, lightning streaked a sky suddenly dark, as in Ales, in the Cevennes.

Hail storm in the Hérault

In the Languedoc, a deluge of hailstones surprised the small town of Riols (Hérault). “We had never seen that. A layer of 5 centimeters of hail, it seemed that it had snowed, “ said Dominique Marra, a resident of Riols, on the antenna of France Bleu .

More thunderstorms on Tuesday 8th May




This Monday, the whole Occitanie region is concerned, as well as the west of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), until the beginning of the night.

Weather forecast for the Occitanie and South of France
The weather forecast for the Occitanie region, this Monday, May 7, from 5 pm to 8 pm. | METEO FRANCE

The storms will go up through New Aquitaine and will evacuate in the night from Monday to Tuesday. A short respite because Météo France expects new showers, sometimes accompanied by thunderstorms, Tuesday, May 8, from Aquitaine to the Alps. Burgundy and the south of Alsace are also concerned.

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