In Albi (Tarn), Rodez (Aveyron) or Aurillac (Cantal), it had never been so hot this Saturday as any day in May since the beginning of the weather reports! Like the previous days in several cities, this Saturday is marked by new temperature records for the month of May, especially in the south of the country. They could still climb on Sunday, before the arrival of thunderstorms.

In the capital of the Tarn, in Albi, a temperature in the shade of 34.6 ° C was recorded this Saturday, May 21, reports on its Twitter account La Chaîne Météo. This is the second time in May that the city has broken its own heat record, the previous one being 33.7°C on Wednesday. In Bagnères-de-Luchon (Haute-Garonne), a temperature of 35.3°C was recorded, again this is a record for the city. Other records also in Rodez (32.6°C) and Aurillac (31.7°C). In Mendive, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, it was up to 36.5°C.


It was generally hot this Saturday in the south of France. In Lyon (Rhône), for example, a temperature of 30.1°C was recorded. An almost similar temperature (30°C) was recorded in Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) and Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne, 30.9°C). It was able to be cool in some northern localities: in Boulogne-sur-Mer, La Chaine Météo recorded a temperature at 2 p.m. of 13.8 ° C when it was 35.9 ° C in Mendive.

Thunderstorms expected on Sunday

These high temperatures will result in thunderstorms on Sunday. 31 departments in the south and south-west are already placed on yellow vigilance by Météo France for storms and strong winds. “On the southern half, where temperatures easily exceed 30 degrees again, the atmosphere quickly becomes heavy and stormy showers end up breaking out here and there,” predicts the meteorological institute for the day on Sunday.

According to Météo France, France on Wednesday equaled the record of 38 consecutive days with temperatures above normal. The previous similar series dated from April-May 2007. “With the temperatures expected at least until Saturday, this record is set to be broken”, warned the public establishment.