Violent storms end France’s heatwave

A large swathe of eastern France has been hit by violent storms that brought a sudden and dramatic end to the weeks-long heatwave.

The Departments most affected were Gard, Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne, Drôme, Nièvre, Yonne, and Bas-Rhin. In the Gard, a 75-year-old German tourist has been reported missing.

Significant damage was caused, and a total of 1,600 people were evacuated, the Ministry of the Interior said. Several people were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.

Very heavy rainfall on Thursday morning was repeated again in the late afternoon. Cities that have taken precautions such as closing parks and other public areas include Strasbourg, Metz, and Nancy.

Stormy sky

Further west, in the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne, more than 7,000 homes were reported to be without electricity at midday, compared to 19,000 cut off earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, the forecast for Monaco is mainly settled from Friday, August 10, with daytime temperatures dropping from 33 to 28 degrees in the following week.