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Flood warnings issued for central France

Six departments in the centre and east of France were placed on flood alert on Thursday with heavy rains and severe storms forecast for throughout the night.

Flood warnings issued for central France
Flood warnings have been issued for parts of central France. File Photo: Garden State Hiker

Residents in the Ain, Cote-d’Or, Isère, Loire, Rhône et Saône-et-Loire have been put on Orange alert – the second highest level of weather warning – by France’s meteorological service Metéo France.

On Thursday afternoon the service forecast heavy rain and localised storms that could cause flooding because of the already high water levels and saturation of the ground.

“Heavy rain and occasional storms are forecast for the Rhône Valley area overnight Thursday and into Friday,” a statement from Méteo France said.

It has issued warnings over flash floods as well likely heavy traffic on secondary roads as well as disruption to train services. It advises against people going out walking in areas affected by flooding.

The warnings come after a 9-year-old boy was swept away in a swollen river in the Drôme area of France on Thursday afternoon. A rescue operation is still underway to try to find him.

And on Wednesday evening part of a bridge collapsed over the Isere river due to heavy rains and increased water levels cause by snow melt.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 

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As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas. 

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