7 departments placed on orange vigilance for thunderstorms

Meteo France screenshot Seven departments (Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Hérault, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Vaucluse) were placed on orange storm alert on September 14, 2022.

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Seven departments (Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Hérault, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Vaucluse) were placed on orange storm alert on September 14, 2022.

WEATHER – After a short but intense and late episode of heat which affected part of France last weekend, the weather will be stormy this Wednesday, September 14, forecasts Météo-France. Seven departments of the South-East are placed in storm orange vigilance.

The meteorological institute added in its last bulletin the Var to the six departments – Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Hérault, Bouches-du-Rhône and Vaucluse – which were already placed in orange vigilance.

A first salvo of stormy rains began at the end of the night on the Gard and the Ardèche. These rains will quickly shift to Drôme, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhône in the morning, while a temporary lull may settle in the back, from Hérault to Gard, specifies Météo-France. The accumulations expected with this first pass are of the order of 30 to 50 mm in one to two hours.

Heavy rainfall around the Rhone Valley

A new stormy wave is expected from midday on the departments placed in orange vigilance, more particularly around the Rhône valley this time, which can locally give very heavy precipitation of the order of 70 to 100 mm in little of time.

Hail and fairly strong gusts can be observed locally, but it is the strong and violent precipitation aspect that will be predominant in the episode, underlines the weather forecasting organization. These storms could also give strong accumulations on the neighboring departments placed in yellow vigilance, in particular Isère, Rhône, and Ain, adds Météo-France.

Faced with this alert, the Ministry of the Interior recommends securing property likely to be damaged and avoiding outdoor activities (walking in the mountains, near waterways or in the forest).

The weather will also be disturbed in the north of the country. A lightly rainy front will stretch from the Channel to Belgium in the morning, mainly watering the North and Pas-de-Calais. In the afternoon, it will progress towards the south, sometimes taking on a stormy character, in particular over the north-eastern quarter of the country.

North of the Loire the storms will be more isolated. The Southwest will benefit from milder, drier and fairly sunny weather. The weather will also be dry in Corsica, under a cloudy sky.

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